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Stockwell Shooting - 'No Cover Up'

By Rob Last edited 142 months ago
Stockwell Shooting - 'No Cover Up'

The last edition of today's Standard contains an interview with Sir Ian Blair in which he denies a cover up over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes:

These allegations strike to the heart of the integrity of the police and integrity of the Met and I fundamentally reject them. There is no cover-up.

It is important that Londoners hear this: If you were going to define how to do a cover-up you would not write a letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, copying it to the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the chairman of the IPCC.

That unique situation was that I and everyone who advised me believed that the man we had shot was a suicide bomber and therefore one of the four people who we were looking for, or someone else. It seemed to be utterly vital that the counter terrorism investigation took precedence - the forensics, the ballistics, the explosives.

Meanwhile lawyers acting on behalf of de Menezes' family have described the case as a "chaotic mess".

Last Updated 18 August 2005

Ian

"I and everyone who advised me believed that the man we had shot was a suicide bomber and therefore one of the four people who we were looking for, or someone else"

So he was either one of the men they were looking for, or he was someone else. Genius. It would appear that he fell into the "someone else" bracket.

If only we knew exactly what it was that led them to the belief that "the man we shot was a suicide bomber". The report filed by the guy who was "taking a leak" identified him as a white man, yet they thought he was Hussain Osman, clearly identified on the CCTV images as not being a white man.

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