IPCC denounces Home Office smear of Jean Charles de Menezes.
The Home Office was strongly criticised today by the man heading the inquiry into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), said the department should stop issuing "partial information" after government officials released details about the immigration status of the 27-year-old Brazilian electrician, who was mistaken by police for a suicide bomber.
He added that people should "shut up" until his independent investigation had established the facts.
Mr Hardwick's comments came after the Home Office yesterday confirmed Mr De Menezes' visa had expired and implied he had a forged stamp in his passport. Officials said a stamp appearing to give Mr De Menezes "indefinite leave to remain" in Britain had not been in use by immigration officials on the date indicated in his passport. His student visa ran out in June 2003, the Home Office confirmed.
"It's entirely irrelevant information," Mr Hardwick said today. "I'm rather surprised the Home Office should issue it. We won't be releasing partial information until we've independently established the facts.
Even if the Home Office information is true, it's irrelevant to the facts that have emerged and the lies of the police so far. This young man was murdered by the police, for the simple reason they thought they could get away with it, and to further their clandestine campaign to be able to shoot to kill with no investigations into deaths which occur. I doubt this will be the conclusion the IPCC will reach, but they will undoubtedly find that this was an execution carried out by incompetents whose actions must be held to account.