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Police meet Tube shooting parents
Jean Charles de Menezes
Mr Menezes was fleeing officers when he was shot eight times
A senior Metropolitan Police officer has travelled to Brazil to meet the parents of a man mistakenly shot dead on the London Underground.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Yates went to the town of Gonzaga with Britain's ambassador to Brazil.

They are believed to have discussed the issue of compensation with the parents of Jean Charles de Menezes.

The 27-year-old was shot eight times on a train after being mistaken for a suicide bomber 11 days ago.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Yates said he was "humbled" by the dignity shown by Mr Menezes' parents after the meeting at Gonzaga Town Hall.

"I'll carry back to London a very strong sense of the family's and the Brazilian people's powerful emotions at the regrettable death of an innocent man.

The great majority of young people go away, so they can invest here. The ambition for most is to go away
Gonzaga teacher

"I fully sympathize with this. We're deeply sorry."

British Ambassador Peter Collecott said in a statement: "Words will not bring Jean Charles back - but it is important for the family, especially for those living in Brazil, to know how deeply both the Metropolitan Police and the British government regret Jean Charles' death."

Mr Menezes' parents are expected to be offered financial help soon.

On Thursday the Home Office said the visa of Mr Menezes expired two years before he was shot by police.

A passport stamp apparently giving him indefinite leave to remain "was not in use" on that date, added officials.

Mass at Westminster Cathedral  for Jean Charles de Menezes
A mass was held for Mr Menezes at Westminster Cathedral

But the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is overseeing the official investigation into the death, criticised the Home Office for releasing the information.

IPCC chairman Nick Hardwick said: "It's entirely irrelevant information. I'm rather surprised the Home Office should issue it."

"We won't be releasing partial information until we've independently established the facts."

Some of the dead man's relatives have questioned the police account of events and called for the banning of the Met's "shoot to kill" policy for suicide bombers.

Scotland Yard has admitted Mr Menezes was not connected to the attacks.

Metropolitan Police chief Sir Ian Blair has apologised to his family but defended the force's policy as the "only one way to stop someone who is a suicide bomber".




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