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16 March 2010 MEDIA ALERT - Justice delayed, is justice denied

On Wednesday March 17 at 12:30PM, family members and supporters of Mr Ward will gather on the steps of Parliament House to protest the inaction by the State Government, and the Department of Public Prosecutions following the death of Mr Ward in 2008.

It has been more than two years since Mr Ward's horrific and wholly avoidable death in the back of a prison van. Since Mr Ward’s death, the State Government has failed to deliver on three key demands from the Australian community — justice has not been served.

Mr Ward’s family and supporters are demanding:

1. That compensation be paid to Mr Ward's family;

2. That the Department of Public Prosecutions lay charges against those responsible for Mr Ward’s death;

3. That the Government terminates its contract for prisoner transportation with G4S.

The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA) believe that the Attorney General and Minister for Corrective Services has misled the public by claiming that the contract with G4S cannot be terminated.

The protest will be addressed by:

• Daisy Ward, Mr Ward’s cousin;

• John Bedford, A/CEO and Executive Officer, Aboriginal Legal Service WA;

• Rev Ken Williams, Moderator, Uniting Church in Western Australia; and

• Hon Giz Watson MLC, Greens WA.

A media conference will be held at 12.15pm on Wednesday March 17, 2010 at Parliament House.

Media Contacts:

Marc Newhouse, Deaths in Custody Watch Committee, 0415 074 602

Hon Giz Watson MLC, Greens WA, 0414 837 753

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