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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

December 12, 2008: de Menezes Inquest Verdict

The inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes returned an open verdict today. By doing so, the jury rejected the police accounts of events, namely that Mr de Menezes was killed lawfully. The coroner, Sir Michael Wright, had previously ruled that the jury could not decide that Mr de Menezes was unlawfully killed.

On July 22, 2005, he was shot seven times at close range in a tube train in Stockwell tube in London. This followed a surveillance operation in which he was mistakenly identified by police  as the suicide bomber Hussain Osman, a member of a group who had tried to explode a number of bombs the day before

The jury were also required to decide on a number of questions which led up to Mr de Menezes' death. They conclude that Officer C12 did not shout 'Armed police' before he opened fire, and that Mr De Menezes did not move towards Officer C12. Mr Menezes, however, was considered to have stood up immediately prior to the shooting.

The jury had heard several Met police officers testify that they had heard (or themselves shouted) warnings. However, civilian passengers on the tube at the time testified that they had heard no shouted warnings.

Following the inquest verdict into Mr de Menezes' death, acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson issued the following statement:

"Over the past ten weeks the inquest has heard in great detail about the events of 22nd July 2005 and what unfolded on that tragic day over a very short space of time.We have heard the jury's conclusions and now need to take time to give proper consideration to them. I also note the coroner's intention to make a report on his recommendations for any future action we may need to take."

"The death of Jean Charles de Menezes was a tragedy. He was an innocent man and we must, and do, accept full responsibility for his death. For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is something that the Metropolitan Police Service deeply regrets. In the face of enormous challenges faced by officers on that day we made a most terrible mistake."

"I am sorry. I wish to once again express my profound condolences to the family of Jean Charles. They have suffered the most dreadful of losses."

"July 2005 brought with it unparalleled challenges for the Met and the people of London including the unique situation where there were four failed suicide bombers on the run. Our priority that day was to arrest these terrorists before they could commit further atrocities and potential acts of mass murder. No-one set out that day to kill an innocent man."

"The Coroner has ruled that on the extensive evidence called before him this was not an unlawful killing. Those officers knew that further terrorist attacks could take place. They set out with the intention to defend and protect the public. The officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles have described in court the personal impact this tragedy has had and will continue to have on their lives for many years to come."

"Our duty then, as it is now, is to ensure that this organisation learns from the events to minimise the chances of this ever happening again. Since July 2005 the Met has been the subject of numerous reviews and inspections. These have ensured we have identified the areas where we believe things needed to be changed."

"As the leader of this organisation, it is my duty to ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt and acted upon. That is what we have done and will continue to do. The extraordinary events of July 2005 will be remembered by Londoners and indeed across the world. It was a time when 52 people had lost their lives, 977 were injured and many others were living in fear of further terrorist attacks - a threat that continues to this day.

"Therefore, our priority is to protect Londoners by stopping those who are intent on terrifying us all. In doing that we must learn from the terrible tragedy of Jean Charles' death."

Speaking at the conclusion of the inquest into the shooting of Mr de Menezes, Independent Police Complaints Commission chair Nick Hardwick said:

"The death of Jean Charles de Menezes was a truly shocking event. An entirely innocent man, on his way to work, was shot and killed by armed police while he sat on a tube train. We now know there was nothing in his actions which justified his fate. He had no opportunity to defend himself or protest his innocence."

"I would like to repeat on behalf of the IPCC my sincere sympathies to the family of Jean Charles de Menezes. The inquest and health and safety trial have necessarily focused on the specific events of 22 July 2005. They have not examined the broader issue of how the police should respond to the threat of suicide terrorism. I call again for this to have much broader debate and scrutiny by the public and their representatives."

"When our investigation began, I promised the Commission would provide the fullest possible account of how Jean Charles de Menezes died and why. The IPCC has kept that promise. The jury supported our conclusions. In addition to our published reports, we also provided disclosure of 1,700 statements, documents and other exhibits that we collected during our investigation to everyone represented at the inquest."

"Our account of the case was first reviewed in detail by the Crown Prosecution Service and then subjected to intense scrutiny at both the health and safety trial and the inquest. None of these independent bodies or tribunals has disputed the IPCC's account or conclusions."

"The inquest has once again highlighted the operational changes that need to be made following this incident. These echo many of the recommendations made by the IPCC and also identified by the Metropolitan Police's internal review."