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De Menezes family’s paltry payout

Issue No. 2179

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the man killed by police in 2005, look set to receive just £100,000 compensation.

That is a quarter of the £400,000 payoff given to Sir Ian Blair, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner who was in charge when Jean Charles was killed.

Jean Charles’s family have been denied justice. There are also claims that they look set to receive a reduced amount of compensation because they are poor.

Police shot Jean Charles de Menezes seven times in the head and once in the shoulder on a tube train in Stockwell, south London, in July 2005.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) condemned Blair for blocking their investigation of the shooting in the days following it.

He is now set to make thousands from selling his memoirs.

The Met police was fined £175,000 in 2007 after a court found it guilty of endangering the public and breaching health and safety rules.

Yet no police officer has ever been held responsible for the killing of Jean Charles. The officers who shot him returned to firearms duty.

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Tue 24 Nov 2009, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2179
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