Jean Charles de Menezes ruling – SHOT DEAD as a terrorist 2005

Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

The decision not to prosecute UK police over the 2005 shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes has been backed by the European Court of Human Rights.


Mr Menezes, an electrician who was fatally shot at Stockwell Tube station in south London on 22 July 2005 by officers who mistook him for a suicide bomber, arrived in the UK from Brazil in 2002.

The Brazilian electrician was killed at Stockwell Tube station by police who mistook him for a terror suspect.

UK authorities concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute any one officer over the shooting the court ruled.

Judges said their decision did not breach human rights laws.

Mr de Menezes’ family had argued that the assessment used by British prosecutors in deciding no-one should be charged was incompatible with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights – which covers the right to life.

They claimed the test applied by the Crown Prosecution Service – that there should be sufficient evidence for a “realistic prospect” of conviction – was too high a threshold.

However, judges ruled against them by 13 votes to four.

In July 2005.

Relatives of the Brazilian, who was killed at Stockwell Tube station in south London, had been locked in a legal battle with the force.

The amount of compensation the family will receive has not been disclosed.

Firearms officers from the Met’s CO19 unit had thought Mr de Menezes, 27, was failed 21 July bomber Hussain Osman.

In a joint statement, the family and Scotland Yard said “all litigation” between them had now been resolved.

“The commissioner of police… and representatives of the de Menezes family are pleased to announce that all litigation between them arising out of the tragic death of Jean Charles de Menezes has been resolved,” it said.

“The members of the family are pleased that a compensation package has been agreed which enables them to put these events behind them and move forward with their lives.”

It said in the best interests of the family, there would be no further statements about the settlement and went on to apologise “unreservedly” for the death of Mr de Menezes.

“The commissioner would like… to reiterate that he (Mr de Menezes) was a totally innocent victim and in no way to blame for his untimely death.”