Daily Archives: July 16, 2006

London subway shooting victim’s mother calls for police to be charged

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Jean Charles de Menezes, shot eight times in the head by British Special Forces

The family of a Brazilian man who was shot dead by British police in the mistaken belief he was a suicide bomber reiterated their calls for officers involved in the shooting to be prosecuted. Speaking to two British Sunday newspapers from their home in Gonzaga, southeast Brazil, Maria and Matozinhos de Menezes were reacting to reports that no one will face criminal charges over the death of their son, Jean Charles.

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Jean Charles de Menezes
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Jean Charles de Menezes (7 January 1978–22 July 2005) was a Brazilian electrician living in Tulse Hill in south London, United Kingdom. Menezes was shot and killed at Stockwell tube station on the London Underground by unnamed Metropolitan Police officers. Police later issued an apology, saying that they had mistaken him for a suspect in the previous day’s failed bombings and acknowledging that Menezes in fact had no explosives and was unconnected with the attempted bombings.
Involvement of special forces
Several commentators suggested that special forces may have been involved in the shooting. Professor Michael Clarke, Professor of Defence Studies at King’s College London, went as far as to say that unless there had been a major change in policy it was likely that it was not the police who had carried out the shooting, but special forces:
“To have bullets pumped into him like this suggests quite a lot about him and what the authorities, whoever they are, assumed about him. The fact that he was shot in this way strongly suggests that it was someone the authorities knew and suspected he was carrying explosives on him. […] You don’t shoot somebody five times if you think you might have made a mistake and may be able to arrest him. […] Even Special Branch and SO19 are not trained to do this sort of thing. It’s plausible that they were special forces or elements of special forces.” [53]
Later, on 4 August 2005, The Guardian reported that the newly-created Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), a special forces unit specialising in covert surveillance, were involved in the operation that led to the shooting. The anonymous Whitehall sources who provided the story stressed that the SRR were involved only in intelligence-gathering, and that Menezes was shot by armed police not by members of the SRR or other soldiers. Defence sources would not comment on speculation that SRR soldiers were among the plain-clothes officers who followed Menezes on to the No. 2 bus[54].
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Special Reconnaissance Regiment
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Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes

On 4 August 2005, The Guardian reported that the Special Reconnaissance Regiment were involved in the surveillance operation that led to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in the wake of the 7 July London bombings. The Whitehall sources who provided the story stressed that the SRR were involved only in intelligence-gathering, and that Mr Menezes was shot by armed police, not by members of the SRR or other soldiers.

Defence sources refused to comment on speculation that SRR soldiers were among the plain-clothes officers who followed Mr Menezes on to the bus to Stockwell tube station.

Iraq arrests


On 19 September 2005, The Scotsman reported that two Special Reconnaissance Regiment operatives caught by Iraqi police in Basra were dressed as local Arabs and engaged in a gunfight with Basra Police, killing two Iraqi Police officers. The two British men reportedly had a large collection of weapons and bomb-making equipment.
British forces destroyed the Basra central jail in a rescue attempt that led to riots. The SRR operatives were later reportedly taken from a house in Basra. Iraq’s government expressed outrage.
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Israel tightens noose around Lebanon

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Smoke drifts across Beirut, Lebanon Saturday, July 15, 2006 following a nighttime Israeli airstrike on the Hezbollah stronghold in the densely-populated southern suburbs. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Despite global concerns, there were few signs of diplomatic efforts to halt the fighting.
Waves of warplanes thundering through the darkness bombed Beirut’s southern suburbs for hours early Sunday, a day after Israel stepped up its air strikes and tightened a noose around this reeling nation.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin , left, welcomes U.S. President George W. Bush to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer palace, for the G8 social dinner, in the outskirts of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
AP – Jul 15 10:30 AM

Putin thinks Israel ‘pursuing wider goals’

Russia – President Vladimir Putin said he thinks Israel is pursuing wider goals in its military campaign against Lebanon than the return of its two captured soldiers.

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