Jean Charles de Menezes would be 30 today
Alex Perriera, cousin of , 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 "
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.