Jan 16, 2014

By AM740 Staff

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A report says an 84-year-old Canadian man with dementia died in handcuffs while he was held in an immigration lockup in Britain. Along with dementia he was also diagnosed with diabetes and heart problems. The report does not give the man’s identity but the U.K. Borders Agency previously confirmed his name to the Globe and Mail as Alois Dvorzac .. but his address has not been made public. He was on his way to see his estranged daughter when he was refused entry to the U.K. at Gatwick Airport in January 2013. Dvorzac was sent to the Harmondsworth immigration removal centre where he was held for nearly two weeks before his sudden death. During a hospital visit in February he was kept in handcuffs for five hours when he died of a heart failure. The report says his handcuffs were removed only after his heart had stopped and CPR started. The case is being investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

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