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Justice for Azelle Rodney

Issue No. 2124

Three years on there is still no justice for Azelle Rodney, a young black man shot dead by police officers in north London in April 2005.

Azelle was shot in the head several times at close range following a botched surveillance operation. His death bears startling resemblances to that of Jean Charles de Menezes, who died three months later.

But Azelle’s mother Susan Alexander is still waiting for an inquest into her son’s death.

An inquest was abandoned last year after police refused to disclose material obtained by phone-tapping.

The government had intended to bring in laws to allow such evidence to be presented in secret.

While Azelle’s family does not support secret inquests, this legislation would have allowed the inquest into his death to go ahead.

But now the government has dropped its plans. “This is a total fiasco,” said Susan Alexander’s solicitor Daniel Machover. “The government has reneged on its promise.”

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