Family of killed Brazilian take case to European court

Family of Brazilian man, Jean Charles de Menezes who shot dead by UK police, take case to European court

Family of killed Brazilian take case to European court

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician shot dead 10 years ago by London police who thought he was a suicide bomber, will launch a bid at a European Court on Wednesday to demand the officers involved face criminal action.

De Menezes was shot seven times in the head by specialist firearms officers as he boarded an underground train at Stockwell station in south London on July 22, 2005.

"For 10 years our family has been campaigning for justice for Jean because we believe that police officers should have been held to account for his killing," Patricia Armani Da Silva, de Menezes's cousin, said in a statement.

"Jean's death is a pain that never goes away for us."

Despite repeated demands from the family that the officers involved or their superiors should be charged, prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to take action against any individuals.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the family will argue at the European Court of Human Rights that British prosecutors were wrong not to charge any individuals, and that the health and safety offence was an inadequate punishment.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2015, 14:02