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European human rights trial opens over man killed by London police, mistaken for terrorist

  • Family members of Jean Charles de Menezes who was fataly shot by british police in a London underground station in 2005 : Erionaldo da Silva, left, Alessandro Peirera, center, and Vivian Figueiredo stand as the court enters at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday , June 10, 2015. The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Family members of Jean Charles de Menezes who was fataly shot by british police in a London underground station in 2005 : Erionaldo da Silva, left, Alessandro Peirera, center, and Vivian Figueiredo stand as the court enters at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday , June 10, 2015. The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Folders of document relating to the Armani da Silva versus United Kingdom case, are pictured at the start of the hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday , June 10, 2015. The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Folders of document relating to the Armani da Silva versus United Kingdom case, are pictured at the start of the hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday , June 10, 2015. The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hugh Southet, right, and Henrietta Hill, lawyers of Armani da Silva wait for the hearing Armani da Silva versus United Kingdom at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday , June 10, 2015. The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Hugh Southet, right, and Henrietta Hill, lawyers of Armani da Silva wait for the hearing Armani da Silva versus United Kingdom at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday , June 10, 2015. The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the tense aftermath of deadly 2005 London subway bombings.

Jean Charles de Menezes' death caused widespread indignation. A British police inquiry found internal mistakes about how authorities handled the case, but no grounds were found to pursue a murder trial.

The victim's cousin brought the case to the European court in Strasbourg, France, which is holding a hearing Wednesday.

De Menezes was stalked by police and shot repeatedly in the head on July 22, 2005, when police were pursuing suspects.

In a separate civil case, British police reached a compensation deal in 2009 with his family.