April 2013

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Apr
2013
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Beyond Abu Qatada: New research debunks mythical 'crisis' of foreign prisoners

In the latest hysteria over foreign prisoners in the UK, the Tory-led government was yesterday threatening to 'temporarily withdraw' from the European Convention on Human Rights so as to overcome legal barriers to the deportation of radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada.[1] At the same time, the latest prison statistics by the Ministry of Justice, published today, show that the number of foreigners held in British jails has actually declined.[2]

An investigation by Stop Deportation and Corporate Watch reveals that even these figures are inflated by over 10% because the MoJ statisticians misleadingly include migrants held in prisons solely under immigration powers and on remand as foreign national prisoners. Even more shocking is the inclusion in the FNP count of detainees held in three immigration detention centres run by the Prison Service.


25
Apr
2013
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Deportation Doctors: Armatus providing medics for mass deportation flights

Armatus Medical Services, part of Armatus Risks Ltd, won the three to five-year contract in May 2011. Armatus Risks' directors include an ex-bodyguard to notorious US General Patreaus, and four of the five directors listed on the company's website boast experience as private military contractors.

 


20
Apr
2013
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Classic FM, Capital and Heart Radio owners pay no UK tax after sending millions offshore

This is Global, the UK's biggest commercial radio company with stations including Heart, Capital and Classic FM, has not paid any UK corporation tax in the last five years, after sending more than £200 million through tax havens, an investigation by Corporate Watch has found.

The company also owns Xfm, Choice, Gold and LBC and manages bands including The Wanted and Lawson through its Global Talent business. Its music publishing division has The Vaccines, Ellie Goulding, Corrine Bailey Rae, LMFAO and The Waterboys on its books.