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28 November 2005

de Menezes Murder - IPCC Investigation Number Two

A second IPCC investigation into the police murder of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes is to be launched. The investigation is specifically to evaluate the role of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair in the murder at Stockwell tube station.

This, in itself, is good news but nowhere near as good as the news would be if a public or people's inquiry were launched into the shooting.

The real news behind the story of the very public announcement of the IPCC investigation into Ian Blair, courtesy of The Independent and The Times, is that two of the police killers on 22 July - as it seems do all murderous policemen - will escape prosecution.

Tube shooting: 'no prosecutions'
By Sophie Goodchild, Chief Reporter

Published: 27 November 2005

Two police marksmen who killed an innocent Brazilian at a London Underground station will escape criminal charges, according to reports.

Senior Metropolitan Police and Whitehall officials are said to be convinced that prosecutors will accept the defence of the officers who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes.

The 27-year-old electrician died after he was followed to Stockwell Tube station in the belief that he was a suicide bomber. This was the day after the abortive 21 July terror attacks on the Underground.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission this month took evidence from the two officers who killed Mr de Menezes.

They are thought to have said in their defence that they "honestly believed" he was a terrorist and that they used "reasonable force".

They are expected to base their case on a detailed account of radio communications between their firearms unit and more senior Met officers.

From the Jean Charles de Menezes Shrine outside Stockwell Station

Thirty-Nil to the state's forces armed against an innocent population which poses no more of a threat than the alleged threat of 'fewer than twenty'.

With the 'hidden' news that two of those responsible for the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes are already lined up to escape any charge for killing an innocent man, the pressing need for an independent public or people's inquiry into the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes is now greater than ever.

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