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April 2016

Investigations into mistaken identity killing not a breach of Article 2 Right to Life

Armani da Silva v the United Kingdom (application no. 5878/08)

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled by thirteen votes to four that the UK government did not breach its procedural obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, by failing to prosecute any individual involved in the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.  He was shot dead on 22nd July 2005, a few weeks following attacks on the London transport network, because police mistakenly believed him to be a suicide bomber. 

ECHR Art. 2, Right to Life