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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
Brazilian officials end UK visit
Marcio Pereira Pinto Garcia (l), Manoel Gomes Pereira (c) and Wagner Goncalves (r)
The officials visited the Southwark coroner on Thursday
Brazilian officials examining the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, are due to leave Britain after a four-day mission to London.

The three met the lawyer for the family of the electrician and representatives from Scotland Yard and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The officials have said they do not believe there was a cover-up after Mr Menezes' death in Stockwell on 22 July.

But they think "someone should be considered guilty" over the shooting.

Brazilians Wagner Gonçalves, Manoel Gomes Pereira and Márcio Garcia are expected to present their findings to the Brazilian government.

They have held talks with the Crown Prosecution Service and the coroner expected to hold an inquest into Mr Menezes' death.

The three also met Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Yates and Mr Menezes' cousin, Alessandro Pereira.

IPCC investigation

Mr Menezes died when he was mistaken for a suicide bomber and shot by police at Stockwell Tube station.

On Wednesday, Ambassador Manoel Gomes Pereira said: "We believe that someone should be considered guilty at the end of the process."

He added: "I think this case, which has gathered momentum (here) in the UK, as in Brazil, creates a situation in which the government in Brazil deserves some answers."

The officials had attended a briefing on the IPCC's progress in investigating the shooting.

The commission is trying to finish its investigation by Christmas.

CCTV cameras

After the meeting, Mr Pereira, of Brazil's foreign ministry, said the IPCC had mentioned that some of the CCTV cameras on the Tube at the time "could be out of order".

"Apparently there are parts of the film which do not exist," he said.

The team will take information from the briefing - about the next steps when the inquiry leaves the IPCC and goes to court, and on the workings of the IPCC - back to Brazil for consideration.

They had discussed the ex-gratia £15,000 payment offered to the family.

Mr Pereira said that did not prevent them suing for compensation over the death, as Mr Menezes sustained his "very poor" family back in Brazil.

Leaked documents contradicted eyewitness reports and initial police quotes suggesting that Mr Menezes' "clothing and demeanour" added to suspicions he was a bomber.


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