de Menezes inquest begins


Police ‘sure Menezes was bomber’
22nd September 2008

Police officers who shot Jean Charles de Menezes dead believed he was a suicide bomber, an inquest has heard.

Coroner Sir Michael Wright said the two officers had thought Mr de Menezes was about to detonate a device on the Tube. The coroner’s comments came at the opening of a three-month inquest into the 27-year-old Brazilian’s death.

Mr de Menezes was shot at Stockwell Tube station, south London, in mistake for a bomber on the day after the failed 21 July 2005 London attacks.

Taking the inquest jury through events leading up to the electrician’s death, Sir Michael listed a number of occasions where officers were unclear whether or not they thought they were pursuing a bomber.

He told them of differences between what was being relayed on radio and logged in the Scotland Yard control room – and how officers were interpreting the information.

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