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Menezes family to receive compensation from police

Jean Charles de Menezes
Jean Charles de Menezes was mistakenly shot dead

The Metropolitan Police have reached a compensation deal with the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, mistakenly shot dead by officers in July 2005.

Relatives of the Brazilian, who was killed at Stockwell Tube station in south London, had been locked in a legal battle with the force.

The amount of compensation the family will receive has not been disclosed.

Firearms officers from the Met's CO19 unit had thought Mr de Menezes, 27, was failed 21 July bomber Hussain Osman.

In a joint statement, the family and Scotland Yard said "all litigation" between them had now been resolved.

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"The commissioner of police... and representatives of the de Menezes family are pleased to announce that all litigation between them arising out of the tragic death of Jean Charles de Menezes has been resolved," it said.

"The members of the family are pleased that a compensation package has been agreed which enables them to put these events behind them and move forward with their lives."

It said in the best interests of the family, there would be no further statements about the settlement and went on to apologise "unreservedly" for the death of Mr de Menezes.

"The commissioner would like... to reiterate that he (Mr de Menezes) was a totally innocent victim and in no way to blame for his untimely death."

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