Jean Charles de Menezes - Tenth Anniversary

In the aftermath of the murder, a cascade of misinformation and lies from the very top down. From Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to the trigger-happy plain-clothes shooters identified only as "carrying a long-barrelled weapon", the actions that day have been exposed as a cover-up of the events that resulted in the extra-judicial execution of an innocent man.

Jean Charles de Menezes - Tenth Anniversary

Mark Gobell
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21 Jul 2015, 16:03 #1

Jean Charles de Menezes - Tenth Anniversary 22 July 2015



BBC: Jean Charles de Menezes' death 'tore my soul away', mother says


By Luis Barrucho BBC Brasil 21 July 2015

Maria de Menezes said someone should be held responsible for her son's death

Ten years ago Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead at a London Tube station by police who mistook him for a terror suspect. Speaking exclusively to the BBC, his mother, Maria de Menezes, says the killing "tore my soul away".

The day before Jean Charles de Menezes returned to London from Brazil in 2005, the 27-year-old had told his mother he did not want to go.

"He spent a couple of months here with us. He did not want to go back. I did not want him to go back. It was the last time I saw my son."

He was followed to Stockwell station, pinned down and shot seven times in the head on 22 July.

The Metropolitan Police officers responsible had thought they were trailing Hussain Osman, a suspect for the previous day's failed bombing attempts on the London transport network.

Maria tells the BBC in Gonzaga: "Two days before he died, I dreamt about him.

"I was lying on my bed and he came towards me all of a sudden, but didn't say a word. And I did not have time to tell him anything either.

"When I woke up, I told my husband 'something very bad is happening to Jean'.

"I never thought I would see myself burying my son because this goes against the natural order of life. It still causes too much pain."

Such is that pain that she even avoids looking at pictures of her son and has hidden the few remaining ones she has.

Jean Charles had been working as an electrician in London, where he arrived in 2002 on a student visa.

His cousin, Alex Pereira, says Jean Charles convinced him to go to England in search of a better future.

"We worked more than 15 hours a day non-stop. We were not tourists and didn't have much time for leisure.

"We didn't want to live in Britain forever, but only to earn enough money to go back to Brazil and have a decent life."

The Crown Prosecution Service decided that no police officers should be prosecuted over Jean Charles's killing.

While it said the death could have been avoided, and the Metropolitan Police was fined £175,000 for breaching health and safety laws, the CPS said it had insufficient evidence for a better than 50% chance of conviction.

A subsequent inquest jury returned an open verdict on the cause of death after being told by the coroner it could not conclude that Jean Charles had been unlawfully killed.

Alex, who returned to Brazil in 2012 after seven years in London, still struggles to understand why no-one has been prosecuted.

"Imagine you live a normal life doing nothing wrong and all of sudden you are shot in the head by someone who should be there to protect you," he says.

"The British police are considered to be the best in the world. How could it have happened?

"I think they deserve a very severe punishment."


What happened to Jean Charles de Menezes?

    Two weeks after the 7/7 London bombings, the capital's transport network is targeted again, but the bombers' devices fail to explode

    A manhunt is launched for four men suspected of trying to carry out the attack

    Police find an address in Scotia Road, Tulse Hill, written on a gym membership in one of the unexploded bags used by the bombers

    Jean Charles, who lived in one of the flats at Scotia Road, is wrongly identified by police as Hussain Osman

    He is shot dead on 22 July by police at Stockwell Tube station

    Four men, including Osman, are later convicted over the botched bombing attempt

For more about Jean Charles de Menezes click here.

Jean Charles's family has taken a case to the European Court of Human Rights in an attempt to see someone prosecuted.

Relatives see it as the final opportunity to hold the British state to account and to prosecute the police officers involved.

"They (police officers) lied so much," Maria says.

"Why has no-one been punished so far? I think when one makes a mistake, they should be held responsible for it."

But nothing will bring back her beloved son.


The grave in Gonzaga, Brazil, where Jean Charles is buried

"I remember him in every way," she says. "I remember him growing, at school, smiling at me, saying he was ok.

"I can never forget my son, from the day he was born until I saw him being buried.

"Do you think I still have a future," she asks. "They tore my soul away from me."


'Brilliant student'

The Menezes family still lives in the same three-bedroom house in a rural part of Brazil, near Gonzaga.

He is fondly recalled by those who knew him.

"Everywhere I go, when people find out where I am from, I am always asked the very same question: 'Are you from the city of Jean Charles?'," says former maths teacher Sandra Rabelo.

"He was a brilliant student. We had some sort of a connection.

"He was provocative; never let me teach my classes without interrupting me and asking a wide range of different questions.

"He thought I was his private teacher.

"I was a bit of a mother to him. That is why when he died, I felt like I lost my own son."


More on this story

    Jean Charles de Menezes family in European court challenge
    10 June 2015





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amirrortotheenemy
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22 Jul 2015, 16:33 #2

22 July at 09:30–11:00 in UTC+01
8 hours ago
Stockwell London Underground Station

Clapham Road, SW9 9AE London, United Kingdom

Our hearts go out to the survivors and all the relatives of those who died because of the 7/7 bombings in London. There will be no official recognition or ceremony, however, marking the brutal execution of Jean Charles de Menezes just two weeks later, on 22nd July 2005, by Metropolitan Police firearms officers at Stockwell underground station.

We believe the tenth anniversary of Jean's death cannot and must not be forgotten. Join us from 9.30am at the mosaic outside the station and for the laying of flowers by Jean's cousins at 10.07am - exactly ten years to the minute after an innocent man was gunned down.

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22 Jul 2015, 16:35 #3

22nd July 2015
2:31 pm
Eoin Wilson

Jean Charles de Menezes: How an innocent man in London was killed at the hands of the British state

Family of Brazilian man shot dead by Met police still seeking justice 10 years on

IVOR suddenly pinned the young man to the seat of a London tube train. Two other men, in jeans and t-shirts, had run onto the carriage seconds before. They each carried guns.

One of the gunmen pressed his weapon against the young man's head. He and the other gunman then fired eight hollow-point bullets into the man as he was immobilised against the seat.

Seven of the bullets smashed into the young man's head, expanding upon impact. One bullet hit his shoulder.

Another passenger on the train said that the shots lasted for 30 seconds, each separated by approximately three seconds, as if each pull of the trigger kept time with a deadly metronome.

The young man died on the floor of that tube train, “unrecognisable”, in the words of a senior police source.

'Ivor' was a Special Branch officer. The two gunmen were 'C12' and 'C2'; armed officers from the Met. The dead man was Jean Charles de Menezes. He was a Brazilian electrician. He was unarmed and shot dead, execution-style, on his way to fix a broken fire alarm in Kilburn.

De Menezes was killed at Stockwell underground station on a Friday morning, 22 July 2005. Today marks the 10th anniversary of his death. The only legal ruling against the organisation which killed him, the Metropolitan Police, was based on Health and Safety legislation. No officers have been held to account for their roles in his killing.

In the immediate aftermath of de Menezes' shooting, the Metropolitan Police admitted that they had shot an unarmed, innocent man, and that the victim was not a suicide bomber.

The circumstances of de Menezes killing have been pieced together from conflicting sources. Media reports, witness accounts from other passengers in the carriage, IPCC investigations, police and government statements, and anonymous sources.

Witnesses said that no warnings were shouted, and that de Menezes did not stand up. In fact, they said, he remained calm even as a gun was held to his head, as if waiting to be told what was happening.

Even the doomed choreography of his last moments was disputed. Police initially claimed he had vaulted over a ticket barrier. It later emerged he had used his Oyster card to open the gates.

Some reports stated he had been wearing a fleece or a large winter coat on that summer's morning. He was wearing a light denim jacket and jeans. The temperature was 17°C.

The police gunmen claimed they had shouted warnings of “armed police!” several times, and that de Menezes then stood up and walked towards them, leading them to shoot him dead.

Witnesses said that no warnings were shouted, and that de Menezes did not stand up. In fact, they said, he remained calm even as a gun was held to his head, as if waiting to be told what was happening.

Several newspapers quoted as fact the Home Office claim that de Menezes' UK visa had expired and was actually a forgery, and that this was why he ran when he entered the station. The IPCC's Stockwell One investigation showed this was untrue and that he was in the UK legally at the time of his killing. One of de Menezes' colleagues suggested he ran for the train because he was late for work.

Deborah Coles,director of the charity Inquest, tells CommonSpace that the de Menezes family's campaign for justice and accountability is as vital and relevant today as it was 10 years ago.

“The fact that an innocent man could be shot dead by the police and nobody is prosecuted or disciplined for that raises fundamental concerns about the mechanisms that we have for holding the police to account.” Deborah Coles, Inquest

“The fact that an innocent man could be shot dead by the police and nobody is prosecuted or disciplined for that raises fundamental concerns about the mechanisms that we have for holding the police to account,” she says.

“The killing of Jean Charles de Menezes raises really significant concerns about how the state, and its agents, are held to account when it kills its citizens.”

The shooting came two weeks after the 7/7 bombings in London, and as the police searched for four men who they believed had attempted to set off bombs the day before.

The events of that day read as a grim series of errors and incompetence by the police, who failed on numerous occasions to correctly identify de Menezes.

'Frank', an SAS soldier seconded to a police surveillance unit, was urinating as de Menezes left his flat and so was unable to properly film him for a positive identification. He did, however, identify de Menezes as white and not carrying anything.

A second surveillance officer, 'Edward', then followed de Menezes and falsely identified him as looking “North African”.

The police allowed de Menezes, who they wrongly assumed was an entirely different man, Osman Hussein, to board several buses, and then to enter Stockwell underground station. Faulty radios were blamed for the miscommunication of an order by the Met's Gold Commander to stop him outside Stockwell station.

Coles says that de Menezes' death revealed fundamental failings in the operation and planning - the shoot-to-kill policies - of 'Operation Kratos'.

Shortly after the 11 September 2011 attacks in New York, the Metropolitan Police began formulating guidelines for how to deal with suspected suicide bombers.

In consultation with Israeli, Sri Lankan and Russian police and military, it was concluded that the most effective way to stop a suspected suicide bomber was to shoot them multiples times in the head, rather than in the torso and risk detonating explosives. These guidelines were known as Operation Kratos.

In effect, the Met operates a shoot-to-kill policy as part of its anti-terror guidelines.

These conclusions became national guidelines and are still in place, though the terminology has been changed. In effect, the Met operates a shoot-to-kill policy as part of its anti-terror guidelines.

Hollow-point bullets are issued to armed Kratos officers. This ammunition is illegal under international law when used in warfare, but is the preferred ammunition of law enforcement because the bullets expand upon impact, thus reducing the chance of passing through a body, and also providing a high degree of what is termed 'stopping power': hollow-point bullets cause devastating internal injuries as they 'mushroom' inside the body.

The extreme violence of de Menezes's killing led some to suggest that the gunmen were not, in fact, police officers, but instead special forces soldiers. An anonymous Whitehall source said that the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), a covert surveillance unit, was involved in the operation, but stressed that they were involved only in a surveillance role.

The SRR was formed two months before de Menezes's shooting, in April 2005, from a core of former 14 Intelligence Corps soldiers, a British Army unit which evolved from the infamous Special Reconnaissance Unit (SRU), and before that the Military Reaction Force (MRF).

The SRU and MRF have long been accused of having operated death squads in the north of Ireland in collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.

Coles says the alleged involvement of special forces was “extremely concerning given the known history of the British state's collusion” with loyalist death squads in the north of Ireland.

When asked about the alleged involvement of British special forces in the operation which led to the shooting dead of de Menezes, Coles said it was “extremely concerning given the known history of the British state's collusion” with loyalist death squads in the north of Ireland.

The quest for justice for de Menezes is ongoing, but to date no one has been properly held accountable. After initial obstruction by the Met, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) took over the investigation.

The IPCC conducted two reports, Stockwell One and Stockwell Two, which made a series of findings about the police's conduct on the day of the killing, and that they made "inaccurate public statements" concerning the circumstances of the death, such as the clothing de Menezes wore, and reports that he was acting suspiciously.

The reports were passed on to the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS subsequently decided that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against individuals involved in the killing.

However, Sir Ian Blair, the Met Commissioner at the time, was found guilty in his official role for breaches of the Health and Safety Act for "failing to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Jean Charles de Menezes".

"Public confidence has been seriously undermined by the suggestion that the rule of law doesn’t apply to those in uniform, and that there's this culture of impunity." Deborah Coles, Inquest

A subsequent inquest was chaired by Sir Michael Wright. Shortly before the jury was sent out to deliberate, Wright instructed them that they were not allowed to find a verdict of "unlawful killing". The options were "lawful killing", or an "open" verdict. The jury ruled an "open" verdict.

The lack of prosecutions of officers at any level in the Met for de Menezes killing has grave consequences for public trust in the police, argues Coles.

"Public confidence has been seriously undermined by the suggestion that the rule of law doesn’t apply to those in uniform, and that there's this culture of impunity."

Coles is clear, however, that the issue is not just about who pulls the trigger, but is also about operational and policy decisions taken at the top of organisations.

"It's not just a question of the individual officers, but it's about senior management, it's about corporate accountability."

Coles adds that the absence of consequences for police officers who decide to use lethal force, and those senior officers who authorise such force, perpetuates a culture of impunity: "One of the things that is important about this, and this is recognised in international human rights law, is the fact that if you don't impose the appropriate disciplinary or criminal penalties then that doesn’t really send a message to police officers that they will be held to account if they engage in ill treatment or neglect."

“You've got Mark Duggan, Azelle Rodney, but also there have been other deaths following the use of lethal force by police officers, and obviously in Scotland there's the Sheku Bayoh case." Deborah Coles, Inquest

Coles speaks of "a pattern of cases" since de Menezes' killing, referencing Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody in Kirkaldy in May.

“You've got Mark Duggan, Azelle Rodney, but also there have been other deaths following the use of lethal force by police officers, and obviously in Scotland there's the Sheku Bayoh case, where people who are either fatally shot by police, or who die following the use of force, where there have been failures to properly hold those police officers to account,” she says.

It has been alleged that up to 11 police officers used handcuffs, leg restraints, batons, pepper spray and CS gas on Bayoh during his arrest. He died two hours later in hospital.

The Scottish equivalent of the IPCC, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), is conducting an ongoing investigation into Bayoh's death.

Coles will speak in Glasgow on Saturday 25 July at the launch of the Justice for Sheku Bayoh Campaign. The public meeting will take place in the Renfield Centre, Bath Street, from 11am until 5pm, and will hear from the families of other victims of police violence.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of the killing of Jean Charles, the de Menezes family are currently fighting in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to challenge the UK Government's failure to prosecute anyone for the death of Jean Charles. The case continues.

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Mark Gobell
Joined: 19 Dec 2006, 15:26

22 Jul 2015, 17:23 #4

Whilst not forgetting the, subsequently withdrawn, "Sunday Mirror rape smear" in March 2006 ...


I am of the opinion that the entire operation was pre-planned.


Someone, accused of being a "suicide bomber", was going to be executed on or around 22 July 2005, all along ...


And for that to happen, we had to have something resembling a suicide bombing, which in turn required a suicide bomber, who was still alive.


So after the spectacular "success" of the scene setting, occult Zionist celebrations on July 7th, as a not so gentle, reminder of GB's historic commitment, the plan then called for a failed suicide bombing.


Operation Kratos, which, we are commanded to believe, was not a "shoot to kill" policy, was reported by the Guardian, if true, to have been signed off, at "Jonathan Evans' Zionist myth central Jackanory building" aka MI5 HQ, on 22 January 2003.


After an interval of 911 days, Jean Charles de Menezes, the "mongolian eyed", immigrant, about whom nobody was supposed to care, who, we are commanded to believe, was mistaken for a suspected, quat addled, failed chapati flour suicide bomber, was summarily executed...

... whilst one of our watching, armed and really dangerous guardians, allegedly turned his back to "Frankly, take the piss".


Which places 21/7 in an entirely different context from that which we are commanded to believe.


Since the marionette Cameron, didn't specifically include "21/7 or 22/7 denial" in his extreme speech, perhaps it's still ok to voice our doubts about the "Jean Charles de Menezes narrative".


It was, after all, in reality, the text book definition of a conspiracy ...





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amirrortotheenemy
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22 Jul 2015, 18:55 #5

Don't forget that several of the senior Met Police officers were entertaining a visiting Australian PM at an England versus Australia cricket match at the time of the Jean Charles' death (I believe the visiting Australian cricketeers were evacuated from their hotel rooms due to a bomb threat that same month). They then held the inquest at another cricketing venue.

22/7 started out on a similar path to 21/7 and 7/7 with reports coming in from Kensington and Vauxhall about disruptions to travel. Then add Operation CATTO and e-mails doing the rounds warning of further explosions dated from the 14/15 July.

They may have profiled Jean Charles at the private member's club 'Adam Street'
For several weeks, Jean had been doing a second job in the evenings, working as a kitchen porter at a restaurant in the back streets near Charing Cross station. The job belonged to a friend who had gone home to Brazil for a month; Jean agreed to fill in for him. The restaurant was at a private club for entrepreneurs, called Adam Street, which was on the site of vaults built in the 18th-century and, the club claims, Charles Dickens's inspiration for Fagin's den in Oliver Twist.

He should have been working there that Wednesday - he used to have to get away from whatever electrician job he was doing to present himself by 6pm and then would work until about 1am if the club was busy - but he had swapped it for Friday, which was his regular day off. Instead, he stayed home with his cousin Vivien, who had been in England only three months. (She was the fourth cousin to come in his wake, all of whom Jean had looked after so that their early months here wouldn't be as difficult as his had been.) She cooked dinner - beef, tinned red beans, rice and salad - and they stayed up until 12.30, chatting.

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