UK: Responses to the evidence made public during the last 24 hours as to the true circumstances of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes

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Birnberg Peirce & Partners (Harriet Wistrich/Gareth Peirce), 17th August 2005:

"Yesterday the family of Jean Charles de Menezes and we, their lawyers, became aware through the press that virtually the entire body of information either placed, or allowed to remain, in the public domain since Jean Charles de Menezes was killed on July 22nd 2005, has been false.

Insofar as the claim of the existence of an official inquiry has contributed to or provided for a situation in which a blanket of secrecy has covered the true facts, and lies and scenarios have been allowed to hold good, we on behalf of the family suggest that claim has constituted a grave public disservice."

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