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Tube killing family loses European court fight

By Hayden Smith

Published 31/03/2016

Shot: Jean Charles de Menezes
Shot: Jean Charles de Menezes

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes have lost a human rights challenge against the decision not to charge any individual police officer over his death.

A case brought by relatives of the Brazilian, who was mistaken for a suicide bomber and shot dead on a London Tube train more than a decade ago, was rejected by European judges.

Lawyers for the family argued the assessment used by prosecutors was incompatible with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which covers the right to life.

The European Court of Human Rights' Grand Chamber found there had been no violation.

Patricia da Silva Armani said the family were "deeply disappointed". "We hoped the ruling would give a glimmer of hope, not only to us, but to all other families who have been denied the right to justice after deaths at the hands of the police," she added.

"We find it unbelievable our innocent cousin could be shot seven times in the head by the police when he had done nothing wrong, and yet the police have not had to account for their actions.

"As we have always maintained, we feel that decisions about guilt and innocence should be made by juries, and not by faceless bureaucrats."

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