Azelle Rodney died in North London on 30 April 2005 following an operation by the Metropolitan Police. On 30 March 2010, the Government announced its intention to establish an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 to investigate Azelle Rodney’s death. The statement indicated that there would be a further announcement naming the Chair of the Inquiry, and the Terms of Reference.
On 10 June, a further statement to Parliament announced that Sir Christopher Holland, a retired High Court judge, had agreed to chair the Inquiry. The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were also announced:
‘To ascertain by inquiring how, where and in what circumstances Azelle Rodney came by his death on 30 April 2005 and then to make any such recommendations as may seem appropriate.’
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