4 December, 2008
Family stage courtroom protest
To members of Justice 4 Jean
Kevin At Copwatcher
Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes have staged a dramatic courtroom protest today during the closing stages of the inquest into his death.
Five members of the de Menezes family unzipped their coats to reveal t-shirts with the slogans “Your Legal Right to Decide” and “Unlawful Killing Verdict” in full view of the jury.
The relatives then walked from their seats towards the jury box. Court ushers and security guards hurried forward, intercepted them and ushered the group out of the courtroom through a side door.
Keep updated by visiting the J4J inquest blog at http://inquest.justice4jean.org/
All the best,
3 December, 2008
We sadly report we lost our High Court challenge over verdicts today. The Coroner will finish his summing up tomorrow and the jury are expected to go out mid morning.
Please see below for an urgent message from Vivien Figuerdo, cousin of Jean Charles who lived with him at the time of the shooting in July 2005.
A MESSAGE FROM VIVIEN FIGUERDO ON BEHALF OF THE MENEZES FAMILY
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have given our family over the last 3 ½ years. We have been humbled by your support and on days like today, knowing that you are behind us, gives us the strength to carry on. Today was an incredibly sad day for our family. Losing in the High Court was devastating.
Tomorrow all of Jean’s cousins who live in the UK and will be attending the final part of the inquest to hear the end of the Coroners summing up. We hope you can join us.
Join us on the last day of this inquest to fill the public gallery in a sign of solidarity with our family. Solidarity against injustice, against lies, against cover ups, against collusion, against a system which has repeatedly blocked, silenced and stopped all the avenues we have tried to pursue for justice. We have been patient, we have been respectful, we have done everything they could have asked and we have got nothing.
Another person could be shot and killed, another family could go through the horrendous ordeal we have gone through. Nothing has changed. Words cannot bring me to express how that feels after everything we have done.
But we still have faith in the jury to do the right thing. They have the power to do that.
I hope to see you at the inquest tomorrow. We will be holding a press conference after the jury have gone out to express our feelings at this time.
Cousin of Jean Charles, on behalf of the Menezes Family.