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Killing Of An Innocent: ROY RAMM: Former Scotland Yard commander looks at ten key questions the IPCC team investigating the shooting tragedy will want answered.

Byline: ROY RAMM

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission are looking for answers to 10 questions. We put them to the ex-head of Scotland Yard Specialist Operations, Commander Roy Ramm.

DAILY MIRROR: What was the objective of the surveillance on the Scotia Road flats?

ROY RAMM: Evidence had been found that suggested at least one July 21 bomb suspect had lived there. The objective would be to discover if he was there and arrest him.

DAILY MIRROR: How would that operation have been run?

ROY RAMM: A surveillance team would be hidden near the flat. They would try to identify him, see what he did and arrest him.

DAILY MIRROR: How many people would have been involved in the surveillance?

ROY RAMM: Probably about 20 surveillance officers, five or six firearms specialists.

DAILY MIRROR: Why didn't they just raid the flat?

ROY RAMM: The idea would be to see who came and went and possibly follow them in the hope they led to suspects, bombs or material.

DAILY MIRROR: Who was in charge? How did the chain of command work?

ROY RAMM: A Gold Commander at the Yard would have overall responsibility for strategy. Under Gold would be the Silver Commander in charge of tactical deployments and two Bronze Commanders in charge of surveillance and firearms teams.

DAILY MIRROR: When Jean de Menezes emerged, what would have happened?

ROY RAMM: The surveillance team would follow him to see if he was the suspect. The Bronze would radio his firearms counterpart.

DAILY MIRROR: When he headed for Stockwell Tube, what would have happened?

ROY RAMM: It seems certain the surveillance Bronze became concerned and contacted Silver for instructions. Silver contacted Gold for a decision.

DAILY MIRROR: What were Gold Commander's instructions?

ROY RAMM: I am certain reports that the order was to detain him are correct. Gold would want him stopped from entering the station.

DAILY MIRROR: Did Gold Commander tell them to shoot him?

ROY RAMM: I am absolutely sure they did not. First it would not be legal. Secondly the Bronze Commanders would have said they had no idea if he was a suspect or had a bomb. Thirdly there is no such thing as an officer being ordered to open fire. Gun officers have the final authority - it is their decision alone.

DAILY MIRROR: So why did it go so spectacularly wrong?

ROY RAMM: I can only speculate but it looks as though a communication breakdown happened between the surveillance Bronze, who knew only that he had a possible suspect in view, and the firearms Bronze, who must havethought he was a definite suspect with a bomb.

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