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Police shot Jean Charles de Menezes dead ‘without giving any warning’

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Jon Swaine
London Telegraph
Thursday, Oct 30, 2008

The police officers who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes did not identify themselves or give him any warning, witnesses have told the inquest into his death.

Ralph Livock, a commuter who was sitting opposite Mr de Menezes on a tube train before he was killed, said he had at first thought armed police pursuing the 27-year-old Brazilian were just “lads having a laugh”.

He said officers did not say anything to Mr de Menezes before he was shot seven times in the head on July 22, 2005 – directly contradicting testimony given by a Met marksman.

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Last week, a marksman codenamed C12 told the inquest, at the Oval cricket ground in south London, that he shouted a warning of “armed police” before opening fire on the electrician.

Another marksman, codenamed C5, previously told the inquest there had been “more than one” shouted warning.

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Mr de Menezes was shot dead after being mistaken for Hussain Osman, who had attempted to bomb a tube train as part of a co-ordinated attack on London the previous day.

In his first public comments on the incident, Mr Livock said that while the tube, which he had boarded at Clapham North, was waiting at Stockwell station, he heard shouts from outside of something like “he’s here”. Seconds later, a man entered the carriage and pointed a gun at Mr de Menezes, he said.

Asked by Nicholas Hilliard QC, counsel to the inquest, “Did you hear him saying anything to Mr de Menezes?” Mr Livock said: “Absolutely not.”

This article was posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 11:42 am

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