They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Monday, January 07, 2008

Jean Charles de Menezes would be 30 today

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes today remembered Jean Charles de Menezes on what would have been his 30th birthday and vowed to continue their struggle for justice until those responsible are held accountable for his killing.

Alex Perriera, cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes, today said:

"If Jean were alive today, I imagine he would have been living back in Brazil and celebrating his 30th birthday with his parents, family and maybe even a girlfriend. Instead, today there will be no celebration; his birthday only serves as a painful reminder to our family that it is two and a half years since we lost him and despite our long struggle no-one has been held accountable for his death. The police officers involved in his killing still carry on as normal while our lives exist in turmoil, fighting to get the answers and justice we deserve. We thank the public for their ongoing support which means a lot to us."

A spokesperson from the Justice4Jean Campaign said:

"Today is an extremely difficult day for the Menezes family and we commend their strength in continuing to fight for justice in the face of the determination by state agencies to close ranks and not hold anyone to account for his death. It is a disgrace that after two and a half years, two lengthy and critical IPCC reports and a damning jury verdict at the Old Bailey, still there has been no disciplinary action against a single person for the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes"

The Menezes family now await the inquest into Jean's death which is expected to take place later this year and last approximately 3 months. The next date for a pre-inquest review is 8 February at Southwark Coroners Court where the Coroner is expected to name the date, location and presider of the inquest.