Blair regrets police killing of Brazilian

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged support for the police after the London bombings, despite the killing of an innocent man by offices on the metro last week…

Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead on Friday at London’s Stockwell underground station after he was mistaken for a suicide bomber.

"We are desperately sorry for the death of an innocent person. I understand entirely the feelings of the young man’s family," said Blair.

"But we also have to understand the police are doing their job in very very difficult circumstances and it is important that we give them every support," he added.

The Prime Minister said the police would have been criticised for failing to act had the man turned out to be a terrorist.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw apologised to Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim for the killing of Menezes saying he ”profoundly regretted” the death.

Straw said he did not know Menezes’ precise immigration status, but said it was his ”understanding that he was here lawfully”.

Amorim said the dead man’s family wanted his body quickly returned to Brazil.

He said compensation from the Metropolitan police was important for what was a ”humble” family.