Monday, August 1, 2005
Police may pay
$1.3m for terrorist mix-up
BRITAIN's Metropolitan Police
could pay up to $1.3 million in damages to the
family of the innocent Brazilian who was shot dead
in a bungled anti-terror chase in London, a
The Daily Mail reports that John
Yates, deputy assistant commissioner at
Scotland Yard, is expected to make an initial
payment to the family of electrician 27-year-old
Jean Charles de Menezes.
However, legal experts quoted by the newspaper
believe the force could end up paying up to $1.3
million to the impoverished family.
Police officials were quoted as saying the final
figure will be "very substantial".
In Sao Paulo, the
Globonews web site says a British Government
delegation arrived in Brazil on Sunday and would
travel to Mr de Menezes' home town of Gonzaga,
in south-east Brazil, to meet his parents to
Mr De Menezes was killed on July 22 after
British police followed him from a London address
they had been watching in connection with four
failed bomb attacks the day before.
Mistaking him for a suicide bomber, officers
cornered the Brazilian inside a subway train and
shot him eight times at close range, seven times in
the head [Website: and
one in the back].
He was buried in Gonzaga on Friday in a ceremony
that attracted an estimated 10,000 people and was
marked by anti-British protests.
The arrival of the British delegation could not
be confirmed with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign
a Radical's Diary predicts compensation will
have to be paid