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Unanswered questions follow killing by police.

Issue No. 1961

Angry friends of Jean Charles de Menezes led a march through London on Monday of this week to demand justice (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Angry friends of Jean Charles de Menezes led a march through London on Monday of this week to demand justice (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Why was Jean Charles targeted?

An address in a block of flats in Tulse Hill, south London, was found in one of the rucksacks used in the failed bomb attacks on Thursday of last week.

Jean Charles happened to live at a flat in the same block. He was followed simply because he had dark skin and wore a jacket in summer.

Why was he not stopped earlier?

If police believed Jean Charles was a suicide bomber they could have stopped him at any point during his journey.

Instead he was allowed to walk through a quiet area and to board a bus to Stockwell. Police only challenged Jean Charles when he reached Stockwell tube station.

What warning was given?

Jean Charles was approached by three armed police officers. The police officers were not wearing uniform and their screamed warning could easily be misinterpreted.

Eyewitnesses say police did not shout anything that would identify them as police. By the time they put on caps marked “police” Jean Charles already had his back to them.

Where do the lies and smears come from?

Five hours after the killing, the head of London’s police, Sir Ian Blair, was still claiming that the shooting was connected to anti-terrorism investigations.

On Monday of this week the Evening Standard splashed the headline across the front page—“Gun Victim: ‘His Visa Had Just Run Out’.”


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Sat 30 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1961
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