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Court: UK police should not be charged over de Menezes death

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 22, 2015 file photo, cousins Alessandro Pereira, right, Vivian Figueiredo and friend Erionaldo da Silva, left, observe a minute's silence on the 10-year-anniversary of the death of 27-year-old Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by British police, at Stockwell station in London. A European court on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 says British authorities were right not to prosecute police officers over the killing of a Brazilian man shot on the London Underground after being mistaken for a suicide bomber. The judgment by the European Court of Human Rights is a blow to relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, who have sought for years to have police charged with his slaying. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 22, 2015 file photo, cousins Alessandro Pereira, right, Vivian Figueiredo and friend Erionaldo da Silva, left, observe a minute's silence on the 10-year-anniversary of the death of 27-year-old Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by British police, at Stockwell station in London. A European court on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 says British authorities were right not to prosecute police officers over the killing of a Brazilian man shot on the London Underground after being mistaken for a suicide bomber. The judgment by the European Court of Human Rights is a blow to relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, who have sought for years to have police charged with his slaying. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)  (The Associated Press)

A European court says British authorities were right not to prosecute police officers over the killing of a Brazilian man shot on the London Underground after being mistaken for a suicide bomber

The judgment by the European Court of Human Rights is a blow to relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, who have sought for years to have police charged with his slaying.

Police shot the 27-year-old electrician on July 22, 2005, as they hunted attackers behind failed bomb attacks on the subway a day before. Two weeks earlier, suicide bombers had killed 52 commuters on London's transit system.

The Strasbourg, France-based court ruled Wednesday that authorities had held a thorough inquiry into the shooting and "concluded that there was insufficient evidence against any individual officer to prosecute."