Court: UK police shouldn't be charged over De Menezes

2016-03-30 16:27
Three people observe a minute's silence on the 10-year-anniversary of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot by British police. (File, AP)

Three people observe a minute's silence on the 10-year-anniversary of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot by British police. (File, AP)

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London - A European court says British authorities were right not to prosecute police officers over the killing of a Brazilian man shot on the London Underground after being mistaken for a suicide bomber

The judgment by the European Court of Human Rights is a blow to relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, who have sought for years to have police charged with his slaying.

Police shot the 27-year-old electrician on July 22 2005, as they hunted attackers behind failed bomb attacks on the subway a day before. Two weeks earlier, suicide bombers had killed 52 commuters on London's transit system.

The Strasbourg, France-based court ruled on Wednesday that authorities had held a thorough inquiry into the shooting and "concluded that there was insufficient evidence against any individual officer to prosecute".

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