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|Support for Met Chief Withers Away|
- De Menezes inquiry leak adds to pressure on Blair
THE FUTURE of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair looks in further doubt today after a newspaper published leaks from the inquiry into the mistaken killing of Jean Charles de Menezes last summer.
The News of the World report contained allegations that police chiefs knew that de Menezes was innocent only hours after the killing, contradicting previous assertions from New Scotland Yard.
The newspaper also alleges that there was a breakdown in communication between the various arms of the Met involved in de Menezes’s death.
It has also been alleged, this time in The Guardian, that Blair is criticised in the inquiry for trying to stop the inquiry, which is conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Blair has usually enjoyed the backing of the government, both local and national, but that looks to be slipping away. His immediate boss, Tony McNulty at the Home Office, said the Commissioner’s job is safe for now, but added, “we will have to wait and see” on Blair’s future post-publication of the inquiry.
Meanwhile, Damian Hockney, of the locally-based Metropolitan Police Authority, said: "I just don't think his position is sustainable.”
Earlier this year, Blair came under fire from his own rank and file at an annual conference.
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