Azelle Rodney: Case Update

20Oct08


Mother ‘betrayed’ by inquest move
originally published: 15th October 2008

A mother waiting for an inquest into the death of her son, shot by police three months before Jean Charles de Menezes, says she feels “betrayed”.Azelle Rodney, 24, died after the car he was travelling in was stopped by armed officers in Edgware, north London, on 30 April 2005. A coroner had said sensitive evidence made an inquest impossible. Now Susan Alexander says she has been left in limbo by the government’s plans to drop secret inquests. While the family do not support secret inquests, they are keen to have a hearing as soon as possible – but will now have to wait for further legislation.

Daniel Machover, a solicitor representing Mr Rodney’s mother Susan Alexander, said she felt “betrayed” because the government had reneged on a promise to push through legislation which would allow her son’s inquest to take place.

The clause in the Counter-Terrorism Bill would have allowed ministers to remove juries, relatives and the public, from inquests.

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