Public probe sought in shooting

Aug. 23, 2005 at 10:59 AM
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LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The family of a Brazilian electrician shot and killed by anti-terrorist police in Britain is demanding a public inquiry into the incident.

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes held a vigil in London Monday to keep the pressure on the Metropolitan Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating the shooting, the Financial Times reported. Brazilian officials have arrived in the city for the inquiry.

Alessandro Pereira, a cousin of de Menezes, said he had handed in a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, requesting he make sure those responsible "for the murder of Jean are brought to justice." He said the family is demanding "truth and justice." Blair is currently on vacation.

London police initially suggested de Menezes, who had been wrongly identified as a suspect in the July 21 failed London terror attacks, had acted suspiciously as he entered a subway station on July 22. But some reports suggested he had done little to arouse suspicion and had not failed to respond to police warnings.

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