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Another routine day for British injustice

Posted by terres on February 13, 2009

As predicted, the Crown Prosecution Service will NOT prosecute any police officer over the cold-blood murder of of Jean Charles de Menezes.

“Stephen O’Doherty, the lawyer who led the CPS review, said: ‘I have now concluded that there is insufficient evidence that any offence was committed by any individual officers in relation to the tragic death of Mr de Menezes.'” BBC reported.

Mr de Menezes, 27, was shot dead assassination style by Britain’s secret police at Stockwell Tube station in south London in

Yasmin Khan, a lawyer and spokeswomanfor the Justice 4 Jean campaign described the CPS decision as “morally reprehensible and legally wrong.”

It’s hard to see how the Cowardly Lion could have possibly found sufficient evidence about the murder.

RIP Jean Charles de Menezes, you were born in the ‘wrong’  country!

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Menezes Inquest: A Sick Legal Farce

Posted by terres on December 12, 2008

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Menezes verdict choice restricted

“You won’t be able to consider a verdict of unlawful killing,” said the White Rabbit to the jurors.

“Why bother with an inquest, if the end result is decided in advance?” Asked Alice.

Sir Michael [in Wonderland] Wright, the coroner at the three-month-long inquest of Jean Charles de Menezes assassination by British secret police, told the jurors a verdict of unlawful killing was not allowed.

The White Rabbit: “Remember, NO unlawful killing verdict allowed!” Image may be subject to copyright.

The jury was forced to return either an open verdict, or lawful killing.  And they returned an open verdict!

In legal jargon, an”open verdict” means, “cause of death unknown or unstated.” In Menezes “Alice in Wonderland” inquest, it meant “we are not allowed to say the assassination was unlawful killing!”

“Mr Menezes’ family had earlier withdrawn from the inquest after the coroner told the jury they would not be able to return a verdict of unlawful death at the hands of police.

A lawyer for the Menezes family said it was the best verdict they could hope for since jury was not allowed the verdict of  “unlawful killing.”

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Quotes of the week: Britain, Nigeria, Egypt

Posted by terres on November 3, 2008

Execution of Jean Charles de Menezes by British Secret Police

“I would like to say that on whether I heard anything from police officers, I am very, very clear. I had absolutely no idea who they were and had they shouted I would have latched on to that … I felt they [UK’s Special Branch] were a bit out of control, that’s what it felt like.” Anna Dunwoodie, a commuter who witnessed how the British secret police executed Jean Charles de Menezes in London on 22 July 2005.

Nigeria’s Share Fever

“They were all talking money money money … It was the thought of losing the whole thing and owing all that money that made me get out” ~ A Nigerian investor, on how the stock market doubled in value in a matter of weeks, before it crashed in March 2008.

Power and Poverty in Egypt

“Go anywhere in Egypt and you’ll discover the kind of poverty that the majority are suffering. We have serious problems meeting even the basic needs for survival.” ~ Abdul Galil Mustafa, a member of Egypt’s Kefaya opposition party

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The Tale of Two Policemen

Posted by terres on October 3, 2008

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One, a hero with a conscience who felt responsible for a lapse in judgment; the other a racist heavy in uniform, who had to be booted out of office!

Lt. Michael W. Pigott: A “Hero”

Lt. Michael W. Pigott, 46, a 21-year veteran of the NYPD, who had won 20 police medals over the course of his career, committed suicide Thursday, NYPD officials said.

Lt. Pigott gave the order to fire a Taser stun gun at an emotionally disturbed man who then fell to his death in Brooklyn on September 24.

Inman Morales, right, fell to his death after being stunned by police with a Taser gun while he was standing on the ledge of a building. Source: Mail online. Image may be subject to copyright.

“The lieutenant was deeply distraught and extremely remorseful over the death of Iman Morales in Brooklyn last week,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a press conference. “Sadly, his death just compounds the tragedy of the loss of Mr. Morales.”

Lieutenant Pigott committed suicide on the morning of Mr. Morales’s funeral.

Sir Ian Blair, Britain’s top policeman: A Racist, ‘Nasty Piece of Work’ to the Very End

The mayor of London:  “There comes a time in any organization when it becomes clear it would benefit from new leadership and clarity of purpose. I believe that time is now.”

Under the leadership of Sir Ian Blair, unnamed London Met Police officers shot and killed Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, on July 22, 2005. Menezes, a Brazilian national living in south London, was “mistaken” for a terrorist and was shot at least seven times in the head and once in the shoulder at close range, execution style, by at least two police executioners using hollow point bullets. A senior police source said that Menezes’ body had been “unrecognisable.”

Only after truth of  the cold-blooded murder was leaked to the press did the London Metropolitan police executioners admit that they had made a “mistake!” The officers who killed Menezes have not been charged.

Murdered in cold blood by the UK Police : Jean Charles de Menezes. (Photo: Daily Mail, UK). Image may be subject to copyright.

Born to Kill: The Disgraced Sir Ian Blair. (Source: Daily Mail, UK). Image may be subject to copyright.

Perhaps Sir Ian Blair [related to Tony Blair?] could take a leaf from Lt. Pigott’s book and save those of his colleagues with a semblance of integrity the indignity and embarrassment by association!

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