The Death of Mr. Ng

Posted in Immigration, Law, Politics by Arasmus on August 15, 2008

Here is a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed in the federal district court in Rhode Island on behalf of Mr. Hiu Lui Ng.  The petition, which asks the court to review the legality of Mr. Ng’s detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was filed on July 29, 2008.  According to this report by New York Times journalist Nina Bernstein, the next day, the 34 year old Mr. Ng, unable to walk due to spinal injuries and extensive undiagnosed cancer, was dragged from his bed, carried in bruising shackles to a car and driven for two hours to a federal lockup in Hartford.  At that location an immigration officer pressured him to withdraw all pending appeals of his case and accept deportation.  Mr. Ng was then driven back to his original detention facility.  Six days later, on August 6, 2008, Mr. Ng died in custody. He is survived by his wife and two children.  All three are American citizens.


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