Former detainees at Immigration Detention Centre Brook House, should be given a chance to confront their alleged abusers at an inquiry, a High Court judge has ruled.
Two former detainees at Immigration Detention Centre Brook House, have brought a case at the High Court against the Detention Centre for systematic abuse.
A public inquiry has now been ordered by the court to investigate the conditions in the Detention Centre.
It was feared that staff at the centre, run and managed by the security group G4S, would not attend the public hearing. Mrs Justice May said that there is overwhelming probability that the staff would not attend the voluntarily. She has therefore ordered that the inquiry have power to compel witnesses to attend.
Disturbing allegations of abuse were broadcasted on the BBCs Panorama in September 2017, showing staff mocking, abusing and assaulting detainees.
Mrs May found it unsettling that neither staff from the Home Office based at Brook House, nor numerous inspectors including those from HM Inspectorate of Prisons noticed anything amiss at the centre.