The coroner had earlier ordered the public and the media to leave the courtroom while he completed his summing up to the jury last week, giving no reason except to say he had reached a "sensitive" point in the hearing.So, when will they hold the inquest for the death of the British justice system...?
When the public refused amid repeated requests for clarification of his ruling, there was a standoff for an hour and 40 minutes. The public refused to leave and the coroner refused to return to court.
At one point the team of bouncers with walkie-talkie microphones on their shirt cuffs who had been hired to provide security at the inquest were seen huddling in a corner. "We can't use violence, that's clear," one was overheard saying.
Friday, 12 December 2008
De Menezes Verdict: 'Open'
And the media were gagged over reporting what happened when the coroner ruled out 'unlawful killing' as an option: