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LONDON, England -- The body of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man shot dead by undercover police at a London Underground station, will be flown back to Brazil on Wednesday, solicitors for his family said.

De Menezes, 27, was shot eight times after being mistaken for a suicide bomber at Stockwell station in south London, the day after four attempted bombings on the city's transit system.

Solicitors acting for de Menezes said the body was being returned to Brazil for a funeral, accompanied by family members, the UK's Press Association reported.

Around 30 supporters of de Menezes' family gathered outside the Metropolitan Police's headquarters at Scotland Yard on Wednesday to protest about the shooting, PA reported.

On Monday British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw apologized for de Menezes' death and said a compensation claim for the slain man's family would be "handled sympathetically and quickly."

But Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, told CNN an investigation into de Menezes' death could take months to complete.

"This is about a search for the truth," Hardwick said in an interview on CNN's Newsnight with Aaron Brown.

"We don't start with an assumption that someone's at fault here. We start from the assumption that the family need to know what happened and we're going to do our utmost to give them the answers," Hardwick added.

"If there's been wrongdoing, we'll hold people to account. If there's lessons to be learned we'll make sure they're learned."

On Tuesday Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said there had been 250 incidents when police had tracked suspected suicide bombers -- and seven incidents in which there had been "shoot-to-kill" scares -- since 56 people, including four bombers, dies in the London attacks of July 7.

"This is professional judgment. There are suicide bombers there and we have a job to do. This is a tragedy but it must not divert us from the main issue. We must be able to protect the public," Blair told Britain's Channel Four News.

In Brazil on Tuesday the militant Landless Rural Workers' Movement protested in front of the British Embassy in Brasilia and the consulate in Rio de Janeiro.

In a statement it said Menezes had been "assassinated in cold blood" and was a "victim of intolerance."

On Monday hundreds of protesters marched in de Menezes' hometown of Gonzaga in central Brazil to demand the arrest of the police involved in the incident.

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