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London Mirror | August 24 2005

Comment: They do have the footage, they don't have the footage, now they do have it again. The Ministry of Truth can change the story any time they want to suit the current situation.

THE final minutes of tragic Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes WERE caught on CCTV, it was revealed yesterday.

Investigators described the video footage as "interesting" and said it would eventually be shown in court.

This follows earlier claims that police had handed back CCTV tapes to tube staff saying: "They are blank."

But an Independent Police Complaints Commission spokesman said there was no truth in that story.

He added: "There is CCTV footage in existence. It is interesting and it will be shown in court one day. I am not speculating about the content."

The revelation came as the inquest into Mr de Menezes' death heard that criminal charges could follow.

The Brazilian electrician was shot eight times by police officers who thought he was a suicide bomber.

Coroner John Sampson was told the IPCC probe will be over by Christmas but the report will not be made public until legal proceedings are complete.

This includes the inquest, set to reopen in February, and possible criminal action. John Cummins, IPCC senior investigator, told Southwark coroners court that the Met did not hand over the investigation until six days after the shooting.

They gave him a "comprehensive handover package". But he added: "There is a considerable amount of fresh work to be done."

Mr Cummins did not clarify the mystery of the CCTV footage, saying: "I think there's been enough said."

Documents leaked last week from the IPCC inquiry revealed that CCTV had captured the moment Mr de Menezes entered Stockwell underground station on July 22.

But they did not show whether there was footage from deeper inside the station. Tube workers say three out of the four platform cameras, which could show Mr de Menezes, 27, running for his train, were working. It is not known if cameras inside the train reveal the shooting.

Yesterday a Brazilian delegation led by ambassador Manoel Gomes Pereira said they did not believe there had been a deliberate cover-up. They are due to meet the IPCC today.


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