Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sir Ian Blair 'broke law' in delaying inquiry

By Nick Allen Last Updated: 1:20am GMT 13/11/2007

The embattled Metropolitan Police Commissioner personally broke the law when he delayed an independent inquiry into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Tories have claimed.
Dominic Grieve, the shadow attorney general, has written to Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, demanding that Sir Ian Blair be sacked because his conduct had "discredited" the police.
The commissioner is said to have prevented the Independent Police Complaints Commission from beginning an investigation immediately into the death of Mr de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber.
The delay led to "much of the avoidable difficulty" in unravelling the circumstances surrounding the shooting in 2005, according to the IPCC.


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