Hispania TV: An Iraqi politician accused the UK private security company G4S of being involved in the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
Controversies involving the company have included use of immigrant-detainee labour in prisons, extreme misconduct in child custodial institutions in the UK and the US, allegations of police telephone data manipulation, its troubled nine-year employment of Orlando, Florida terrorist Omar Mateen, and the 2016 riot at Birmingham Prison in Birmingham, England.
The commander of the Quds Force of the Corps of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) of Iran, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, and the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units of Iraq (Al-Hashad Al-Shabi in Arabic), Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, were martyred on January 3 in a drone strike perpetrated by the US in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
This Monday the leader of the Iraqi political party Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qais Al-Jazali, accused the British company G4S—responsible for the security of Baghdad International Airport—of involvement in the murder of Soleimani, Al-Muhandis and other Iranian and Iraqi commanders.
“The company participated an element of the mission, in order to verify the objective of carrying out the assassination,” declared the senior official of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, part of the Popular Mobilization Units of Iraq, in statements offered to the Iraqi television station Al Ahad.
This company should be in the vicinity of any plane that lands at the airport, but on the day that the terrorist attack took place, the G4S car was in front of the passenger runway, he added.
In addition, Al-Jazali continued, National Security officials found security cameras near the runway of the plane, whose objective was to monitor the movements of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, heroes of the fight against terrorism.
In fact, the President of the Iraqi National Bloc Al-Sanad, Ahmed Al-Asadi, revealed on Sunday that the US used three unmanned aircraft (drones), which had flown over Iraqi airspace for almost 20 hours, awaiting Soleimani’s arrival to Baghdad International Airport from Syria or Lebanon.
Faced with the US violation of Iraqi sovereignty, the Iraqi Resistance groups and authorities insist on their right to expel US soldiers from the Arab country.
Our history begins over 100 years ago.
1901: G4S traces its roots to Denmark
1988: The Wakenhut Corporation, founded in 1954 and now part of G4S, launched their elite security officer program in the U.S. known as the Custom Protection Officer
1990: G4S entered the U.S. market by acquiring American Magnetics, now known as AMAG Technology
2002: G4S acquired The Wackenhut Corporation, which was the 2nd largest security business in the U.S.
2008: G4S acquired two companies: Touchcom, which became part of AMAG, and MJM Investigations, now known as G4S Compliance & Investigations
2009: Adesta was acquired and rebranded to G4S Technology in 2011, then to G4S Secure Integration in 2015; during this year, the U.S. monitoring center was launched, which is one of 30+ globally
2010: G4S acquired Nuclear Security Services Company (NSSC) to enhance our offers to energy and utility customers
2014: Corporate Risk Services Division was established in North America to serve customers through risk consulting, corporate investigations, intelligence programs and executive protection
2015: AMAG expanded its Symmetry™ Portfolio under a unified strategy, laying the groundwork for an open architecture
2016: G4S launched its Integrated Security Solutions strategy, aligning corporate risk services, technology, integration and security personnel
2018: G4S launched a risk-based model and tool for customers to better understand and quantify their risks
2019: Launch of the Integrated Security Solutions Center of Excellence and Risk Operations Center in Jupiter, FL