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Cop cover-up

by Lester Holloway
20/9/2005

UNDERFIRE POLICE Commissioner Sir Ian Blair attempted to prevent an inquiry into the shooting dead of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.

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This state of execution shall be challenged: protesters call for the head of Sir Ian Blair

Metropolitan Police chief Sir Ian was overruled in his bid to avoid an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting at Stockwell station.

Sir Ian tried to stop the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCC) from launching an inquiry into the shooting, but was opposed by the Metropolitan Police Authority.

The behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings were revealed as leading Liberal Democrat MP Matthew Taylor labelled the killing a “state execution.”

Mr de Menezes was shot seven times in the head by an armed marksman on 22nd July after being mistaken for another person who was wanted for questioning over the 7th July London bombings.

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Just hours after the shooting Sir Ian wrote to the IPCC suggesting any investigation should be delayed. The letter was copied to MPA chairman Len Duvall, who then wrote objecting to Sir Ian’s plan to block the inquiry.

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Sir Ian Blair: I'm innocent!

MPA chief executive Catherine Crawford reportedly travelled to Scotland Yard to raise her objections directly with Sir Ian’s office.

Sir Ian, who announced an expansion of his SO19 armed unit in the immediate wake of the De Menezes shooting, has resisted calls for his resignation.

Yesterday Lib Dem treasury spokesman Mr Taylor told a fringe meeting at his party conference: “I am not prepared to stand by in a country that takes the decision to allow state execution on the basis of suspicion, even suspicion of mass terrorism.

“Tracking an innocent man, bear-hugging him on the tube, pulling him up without even presenting your credentials as a policeman and shooting him seven times on the basis of suspicion is unacceptable.”

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Police had been monitoring a house of multiple occupation in Stockwell where Abdi Omar lived, who was wanted for questioning after his gym club card was found in the rucksack of would-be bomber Hussain Osman.

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Real innocent: Jean Charles de Menezes.

Mistaking the Brazilian for Somalian Mr Omar, the police followed Mr de Menezes for two miles as he travelled by bus to Stockwell station.

Scotland Yard have been forced to admit that initial reports after the shooting suggesting Mr de Menezes was wearing a bulky jacket that could have concealed a bomb, and that he vaulted a ticket barrier when challenged by armed officers were both untrue.

The 27-year-old electrician was in fact wearing a small denim jacket and entered the station normally with an Oyster card before being confronted as he walked along the platform.

Mr de Menezes was tackled to the floor and had already been overpowered when an officer shot him eleven times at point-blank range, including seven shots to the head.

Police say most CCTV cameras on the station were not working, despite a high state of alert following the 7/7 London terrorist bombs and failed follow-up attempt.

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