Assange and Asylum Seekers Share Corporate Warden?

Serco van waits for Julian Assange?

Serco van waits for Julian Assange? (screen-shot from live Norwegian tv feed)

 

There has been speculation that Serco, the company which runs Australia’s “immigration detention centres” (and various other facilities for incarceration around the world), will play a role in holding or transporting the now incarcerated Julian Assange. The speculation began following the sighting of one of their vans outside the London police station where he is held.

It wouldn’t be surprising, or particularly meaningful, Serco has big contracts for prisons and prisoner transport in the UK. There is a certain sick beauty to it, for those of us who have followed the ongoing refugee incarceration occurring in Australia.

It seems fitting, as he will be held by a company, that, in Australia at least, is dedicated to holding victims of political prosecution (i.e. genuine refugees, which the vast majority of the “boat-people” locked up in Serco’s centres are) in unlawful confinement.

About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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