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Asylum seeker dies in Dorset prison

Issue No. 2407

Bruno Dos Santos, a stateless asylum seeker, died in Verne prison on the island of Portland in Dorset last week.

Bruno, who was in his 20s, had been detained for some time in the prison.

Police say they are not treating the “sudden death” as suspicious.

The prison opened in 1949, but is now being used as an ‘‘immigration removal centre’’.

Verne prison has been used exclusively for holding asylum seekers since March.

Plans to convert it into an asylum detention centre have not yet begun. This means conditions are worse than even in official detention centres where detainees are not locked in cells during the daytime.

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