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Sunday, July 24, 2005

ITN - News Headlines - Man shot not linked to London bombings

ITN - News Headlines - Man shot not linked to London bombings: "."Man shot not linked to London bombings
8.37AM, Sun Jul 24 2005

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is being asked to explain why police shot dead a man who was not linked to the attempted terror attacks in London.

Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was killed on Friday morning as he tried to board a Tube train at Stockwell, south London.

Detectives admitted he was not connected to the suspected suicide bomb bids on three Underground trains and a bus the day before.

Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and will seek talks in London with Mr Jack Straw for an explanation of the death.

A statement from government officials in Sao Paulo said: "The government expects the British authorities to explain the circumstances that led to this tragedy."

It added their citizen was "apparently the victim of a lamentable mistake".

As the massive manhunt for the four suspected bombers continued, the Metropolitan Police expressed regret over death of Mr Menezes, describing it as a "tragedy".

Family and friends of Mr Menezes said they had no reason to believe he was a suspect in the London bombings inquiry.

They said he was an electrician who had been working legally in London for the past three years and spoke good English.

The human rights organisation Liberty called for a "comprehensive" investigation, while rank-and-file police leaders urged people to remember that firearms officers had to "make split second decisions" with "life-long consequences".

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has announced an independent investigation into the shooting.

Mr Menezes emerged from a house in Tulse Hill, south London, on Friday morning that was under surveillance because of a suspected link to the attempted bomb attacks. His clothing and behaviour added to the officers' suspicions, police said.

He caught a bus to Stockwell Tube where he was challenged by officers, who told him to stop. The man then bolted down an escalator, according to witnesses.

He apparently tried to get on a train before he was apparently shot five times in the head by an officer with an automatic pistol.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair had said the shooting was "directly linked" to anti-terror operations. However, Scotland Yard said yesterday: "We are now satisfied that he (the man) was not connected with the incidents of Thursday, July 21, 2005."

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