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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

MENEZES: Police chief delayed independent investigation

The BBC has disclosed that Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, wrote to the Home Office on the morning his officers shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes. As a result of his correspondence, the Independent Police Complaints Commission's investigation into the killing of the innocent Brazilian was delayed for six days. Gareth Pierce, lawyer for the de Menezes family, told the BBC that this contravened the IPCC's statutory responsibility to begin its probe within 24 hours, and has led calls for Sir Ian's resignation. Technorati tag: