Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

De Menezes Compensation 'Cut Because His Family Is Poor'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

De Menezes Compensation 'Cut Because His Family Is Poor'

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak

THE family of Jean Charles de Menezes are set to receive a reduced compensation package from Scotland Yard because they are so poor, according to reports.

Today it was claimed that the family of the Brazilian, who was mistaken for a suicide bomber and shot seven times in the head at Stockwell Tube station, may receive only around [pounds sterling]100,000.

It is alleged that lawyers for Scotland Yard and the family have reached an out-of-court settlement.

Although the amount is covered by a confidentiality clause, it has been alleged that it would have been much higher if Mr de Menezes, 27, had left a widow and children or came from a wealthy family.

But when he died on 22 June in 2005, his parents were living in a onebedroom house deep in the Brazilian rainforest.

The family's lawyers had suggested they would claim [pounds sterling]300,000 from the Metropolitan Police for the operation that led to their son being killed but it now appears the final pay-out will be a fraction of that sum.

Former Met chief Sir Ian Blair, who faced calls to resign after the shooting of Mr de Menezes was given a [pounds sterling]400,000 pay-off when he left Scotland Yard.

The parents of Stephen Lawrence received [pounds sterling]300,000 in compensation for the police mistakes that left his killers free and Colin Stagg was paid [pounds sterling]706,000 in state compensation -- not by the police -- after years of being wrongly suspected of murdering Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common.

The de Menezes family have so far received only [pounds sterling]15,000 from Scotland Yard to cover flying their son's body home and the costs of his funeral.

As he was not officially the victim of a crime, they are not entitled to criminal injuries compensation.

Negotiations with Scotland Yard on a final payment reportedly began last week and a deal is expected to be confirmed in the next few days.

Mr de Menezes was shot dead after anti-terror police mistook him for bomber Hussain Osman.

Osman and four fellow terrorists had gone on the run the previous day after trying to copy the 7 July London bomb attacks that killed 52 people and injured 977. …

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