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30/01/06
Met Chief: We Got it Wrong on De Menezes Reports.  Image:  Harper SmithMet Chief: We Got it Wrong on De Menezes Reports
- Blair admits to errors as inquiry leaks suggest further fall-out

SIR IAN BLAIR has admitted that his force failed in its handling of the aftermath of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Terrorist suspect de Menezes was shot dead by a group of police officers in Stockwell Tube station last year. After it emerged he was innocent, the police made no effort to correct stories that he had been acting suspiciously.

“Clearly we could have put the record straight when we recognised that we had killed an innocent man,” said Blair. “In a terrible way, the Met was transfixed on other things. It was transfixed on: where are these bombers? And therefore, in a dreadful way, we did not see the significance of that.”

Blair’s admissions come as leaks from the upcoming Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the de Menezes shooting indicate vital evidence has been altered. It seems the phrase, “it was Osman,” was changed to , “it was not Osman,” by persons unknown, possibly as a way of deflecting blame from one section of the Met to another. Osman was the terrorist suspect for whom police originally mistook de Menezes.



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