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Prosecutors are considering whether to charge the Metropolitan police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstration moments before the newspaper vendor collapsed and died, the police watchdog said today.
Announcing that it had completed its four-month investigation into Tomlinson's death, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which would now decide whether the officer should be charged.
In a statement, the commission said its investigation had been "one of the largest ever undertaken by the IPCC and it has been the subject of huge public scrutiny". More than 40 IPCC investigators and other members of staff from all five regional offices were involved in the case, it said.
"We have had a remarkable response from the public and I would like to thank those people who have contacted us for all their help," said Deborah Glass, the IPCC commissioner for London.
In a statement, Tomlinson's widow, Julia, said: "It has been a very difficult four months since Ian died and it is a relief to see some progress. The last information that the coroner put out was Dr Cary's view that Ian died from internal bleeding.
"Video footage made it clear to us, and everyone else, that Ian was the victim of an unprovoked assault by a police officer. If there is going to be any justice then it must be left for a jury to decide if the police officer is guilty of killing Ian. I hope the CPS will get the case in front of a jury as soon as possible. We would like to thank everyone who came forward as witnesses."
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GAZA CITY — A Palestinian man was killed on Monday and three others were missing when a smuggling tunnel under the Rafah border linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt collapsed, medical sources said.
At least nine people were killed last week in cave-ins and accidents in the vast network of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza used to smuggle food, goods and, according to Israel, weapons and explosives.
Almost 130 people have died in tunnels over the past three years, according to a recent report by the Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR).
By Mohammed Assadi
BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Aug 4 (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas opened his Fatah movement's first conference in 20 years on Tuesday, saying Palestinians sought peace with Israel but "resistance" would stay an option.
"Although peace is our choice, we reserve the right to resistance, legitimate under international law," the Western-backed Abbas said in a policy speech, using a term that encompasses armed confrontation as well as non-violent protests.
Officials said a draft of Fatah's new programme called for new forms of resistance such as civil disobedience against Jewish settlement expansion and a West Bank barrier Israel says is for security but which Palestinians see as a land grab.
Crucially, the draft leaves open the option of "armed struggle" if peace talks with Israel fail and does not rule out a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip if peace negotiations remain at a stalemate.
A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there would be no immediate comment on the speech.
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