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The head of Scotland Yard's not lying

November 13 2006

With head of Scotland Yard, Sir Ian Blair, will be cleared of allegations that he lied to the public about the death of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, shot dead by police in July 2005.

Police kill Menezes, mistaking it for a terrorist. Law enforcement officers saw that he left the house, followed by the terrorist attacks in London in July 2005 was placed under surveillance. In this house, according to police, could hide terrorists. Over the shoulders Menezes was a bulky backpack. When the police demanded that he stop, the Brazilian ran. The police opened fire, and he was killed.

Ian Blair said that within days after the incident he did not know that Menezes was not a terrorist. The family of the deceased filed a complaint against Blair in the Independent Commission to investigate complaints against the police, accusing the head of Scotland Yard that he had covered his subordinates.

British prosecutors, for its part, has investigated the incident and found no corpus delicti in the actions of police who shot and killed Menezes, the newspaper The Sunday Times.

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