Liberal Democrat Shadow Attorney General, Simon Hughes has spoken out against a decision by the Metropolitan Police Authority to ask the Attorney General to stop a prosecution under health and safety laws for the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Hughes said he understood “the Metropolitan Police Authority’s concerns” and accepted that there were “clearly issues for policing generally about how health and safety obligations to the public apply to police officers on duty.”
However the North Southwark and Bermondsey MP said “it would be just as wrong for a prosecution to be called off at the request of a police authority as it would be if it was asked for by Sir Ian Blair or a government minister.”
“The Director of Public Prosecutions came to his decision to prosecute after long and careful consideration.”
Mr Hughes called for the case to “go ahead as quickly as possible.”