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Family of Brazilian man shot by London police appeal decision not to charge officers

[JURIST] The family of a Brazilian man who was shot and killed by London police [JURIST report] filed an appeal Monday with the UK High Court challenging a July decision by prosecutors not to bring individual charges [JURIST report] against the police officers involved in the shooting. Lawyers for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes [advocacy website] said the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] not to prosecute the officers should have been given to a jury, and that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) [official website] should have released their report on the shooting to the public.

In September, the London Metropolitan Police [official website] pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to criminal charges under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act [text; backgrounder] for "failing to provide for the health, safety and welfare" of the public in causing the death of de Menezes. A hearing in that case is scheduled for January. De Menezes was shot two weeks after the July 2005 London subway bombings [JURIST news archive] when police mistook him for alleged terrorist Hussain Osman [BBC charge summary]. AFP has more.

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