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No police officer to face charges in London shooting of Brazilian

None of the police officers who took part in the London subway shooting of a Brazilian man, wrongly identified as a terrorist suspect, will face charges, a newspaper reported today.

None of the police officers who took part in the London subway shooting of a Brazilian man, wrongly identified as a terrorist suspect, will face charges, a newspaper reported today.

Quoting a top lawyer reviewing the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, The Sun tabloid said there appeared to be insufficient evidence of criminal offences in the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22 last year.

As a result, no charges will be made against the officers who shot the electrician or the senior figures in charge of the operation, the daily said.

Turning to another controversial factor thrown up by an investigation into the 27-year-old’s death, The Sun said a ‘‘plausible explanation’’ had been provided for why a police log was changed after the shooting to say De Menezes was not the suspect being hunted.

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Its source, identified as ‘‘an authoritative legal’’ figure, told the newspaper: ‘‘Mistakes were made but they do not amount to criminal misconduct.’’

‘‘The firearms officers were acting under orders. Those incharge of surveillance believed he was a suspect.’’

‘‘There is no realistic prospect that they will be prosecuted.’’

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The Sun noted, however, that such an outcome may force metropolitan police chief Sir Ian Blair to take the fall for the fatal error.

Blair has faced calls to resign from friends and relatives of De Menezes.

First published on: 19-04-2006 at 02:41:55 am
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