Defence sources refused to comment on speculation that SRR soldiers were among the plain-clothes officers who followed Mr Menezes on to the bus to Stockwell tube station.
WHAT IS THE SPECIAL RECONNAISANCE REGIMENT
Quoting from the Ministry of Defence Press Release on the creation of the Special Reconnaisance Regiment:
The SRR logo is attached to this post and the explanation of their logo is as follows:New Special Forces Regiment for the British Army
Published Tuesday 5th April 2005
On 5 April 2005 the Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, announced the creation of a new "Special Reconnaissance Regiment", which has been formed to meet a growing worldwide need for special reconnaissance capability.
In a written statement to Parliament, Mr Hoon declared the 'Special Reconnaissance Regiment' (SRR) will be operational from April 6th 2005. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said:The new Regiment has been formed to meet a growing worldwide demand for special reconnaissance capability - as announced in the Strategic Defence Review New Chapter in July 2004."The creation of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment demonstrates our commitment to shaping our Armed Forces to meet the ongoing challenge of tackling international terrorism. The new Regiment will help to meet the growing need for special reconnaissance capability."
The Regiment will ensure improved support to international expeditionary operations at a time when it is most needed in the ongoing fight against international terrorism. Special reconnaissance covers a wide range of specialist skills and activities related to covert surveillance.
The SRR will draw personnel from existing capabilities and recruit new volunteers from serving members of the Armed Forces where necessary. Due to the specialist nature of the unit it will come under the command of Director Special Forces and be a part of the UK Special Forces group.
In a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons, Mr Hoon said:
"The Strategic Defence Review (SDR) New Chapter published in July 2002 stated that we planned to enhance and build upon the capabilities of UK Special Forces. As part of this programme, the 'Special Reconnaissance Regiment' (SRR) will stand up on April 6 2005. This regiment has been formed to meet a growing worldwide demand for special reconnaissance capability. Consistent with the SDR New Chapter, this regiment will provide improved support to expeditionary operations overseas and form part of the Defence contribution to the Government's comprehensive strategy to counter international terrorism. The SRR will bring together personnel from existing capabilities and become the means of the further development of the capability. Due to the specialist nature of the unit, it will come under the command of the Director Special Forces and be a part of the UK Special Forces group."
Source: Ministry of Defence
How terribly friendly.The SRR cap badge consists of a Corinthian helmet placed in front of a Special Forces sword with a scroll underneath depicting the word 'reconnaissance'. This reflects the SAS and SBS cap badges in design, ensuring conformity within the UK Special Forces Group. The Corinthian style helmet, favoured by the ancient Greeks, was used from the early 7th to the 4th centuries BC. The helmet is facing forwards and suggests the viewer is being watched, while the wearer behind the mask is anonymous.
Source: Ministry of Defence
The version of events that emerged with the leaked IPCC documents seems to suggest a method of execution that is out of step with the Kratos guidelines which refer to 'a critical shot' being fired and also totally in keeping with the modus operandi of certain 'elite' military organisations.
If de Menezes was shot by the SRR, what use is the IPCC investigation?