Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

IPCC Employee May Have Been Suspended for Leaking Info on de Menezes Death

The Media Guardian reports that ITV's scoop revealing that Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes' July death in a London subway station was unnecessary apparently comes at least partly through leaked info from an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) worker. The IPCC is charged with investigating charges lodged against UK law enforcement and its web site currently carries the following statement. " Our focus is on the search for the truth about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes. Both the IPCC and the Metropolitan Police Service recognise that the unauthorised disclosure of information cannot be ignored and must be addressed. We are in discussion with the MPS on this. In response to media speculation on IPCC staffing issues, we do not comment on personnel matters. We will not be distracted from our thorough, professional and impartial investigation into the death of Mr de Menezes."

Further, the Media Guardian says the employee now seems to have been suspended. The IPCC has refused to comment on whether this is true. Read more about the source of the alleged leak here. Read more about criticism of the investigation after ITV's report here, here, and here.

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