Deaths in Custody Watch Committee calls public protest actions

Photo by Desire Mallet/Perth Indymedia

Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (Western AAustralia) spokesperson, Marc Newhouse today announced a series of protest actions to be held following the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision not to lay criminal charges against any of the parties responsible for the death in custody of Mr Ward in 2008.

Mr Ward, an Aboriginal elder, died while being transported hundreds of kilometres across the WA Goldfields in a privately-operated prison van with faulty air conditioning.

“We are unmoved in our belief that the Department of Corrective Services, G4S and the two G4S guards all need to be held accountable for their roles in Mr Ward’s death,” Newhouse said.

“This is not the end. We will leave no stone unturned in our fight for justice for Mr Ward”.

Emergency Public Protest: Friday July 2 at 12:30pm, DPP Office ‘International House’, 26 St Georges Terrace.

Major Public Protest Rally and March: Sunday July 11 at 1pm, Supreme Court Gardens, cnr Barrack St and St George’s Tce, Perth.

For more information see www.deathsincustody.org.au