The 84 yr old Canadian, originally from Slovenia, was on a doomed quest to reconnect with his estranged daughter in Slovenia.
He was stopped at Gatwick airport, was wrongly detained at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre and died there, in handcuffs, almost three weeks later.
We interviewed the doctor who examined him upon arrival. She told us she immediately knew this was the wrong man in the wrong place. She alerted everone to this fact – her line manager, the Home Office and even put an emergency call into the Canadian High Commission.
Today this story started to gain some politcal traction both here and in Canada.
On this side of the Atlantic, the former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Lord Ramsbotham asked a question about the case in the House of Lords (see video above).
He described the case as something the UK should “be ashamed” of but, more importantly, was promised a written reply to the question “at what stage did the Secretary of State or any other Home office Minister become involved in this tragic affair”.
Let’s hope he gets further than we did in his pursuit of an answer to this question.