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Birmingham Pub Bombins Inquests ‘Momentus’

birmingpubbombThe sister of a Birmingham pub bombings victim has said a decision to grant an inquest in the case would be “seismic”.

Julie Hambleton, whose 18-year-old sister Maxine was killed in the 1974 attacks, said the hearing by a coroner of an application to resume the inquest was “momentous” for the families.

Twenty-one people were killed and 182 injured when the suspected IRA bombs exploded in two city centre pubs on November 21 1974.

Six men wrongly convicted of the murders – the Birmingham Six – were released in 1991 after their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

An inquest, which opened days after the bombings, was closed without hearing evidence in 1975 in response to the guilty verdicts.

birmingham-6-ARRESTEDThe Birmingham and Solihull Coroner will hear arguments from lawyers representing the families and also West Midlands Police over three days, starting on Wednesday.

Ms Hambleton told Good Morning Britain: “This public hearing today is momentous for us and if the coroner, we hope and pray, decides in our favour it will be seismic for us.

“This campaign is a campaign done in sadness and not in anger for those who are not here to fight for justice themselves. Twenty-one people were murdered in cold blood – they have no voice, they have no opinion, but we are here and we can fight for them.”

She added her family’s lives “fell apart” the moment they discovered her sister had died.

Asked why she thought police would object to the opening of an inquest, Ms Hambleton said: “We don’t know. We are going to have to wait until the public hearing opens Birmingham 6FREED - William Power, Richard McIlkenny, John Walker, Chris Mullin MP, Gerry Hunter, Patrick Hill and Hugh Callaghan upon their release from prisonlater today to hear what their legal argument is and then our legal team KRW Law, who are representing us, will put forward our legal arguments to the coroner (Louise Hunt) in the hope she will decide to reopen the inquests that were adjourned 41 years ago.”

Wrongly convicted men seek landmark payout ruling

Two men convicted of crime who served long sentences before being freed by the Court of Appeal are fighting potential landmark cases for compensation. They are asking the High Court to rule that UK law is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because it wrongly restricts compensation in “miscarriage of justice” cases.… Continue Reading

Alan Charlton ‘body in carpet’ conviction sent to appeal

A man convicted of murdering a Cardiff teenager whose remains were found wrapped in carpet 25 years ago has had his case sent to the Court of Appeal. Alan Charlton is serving a life sentence for killing 15-year-old Karen Price, who disappeared from a children’s home in 1981. He was convicted in 1991 and an… Continue Reading

Former Judge Jailed For Wrongful Murder Conviction

A former Texas judge charged over a wrongful murder conviction when he was a prosecutor agreed to a 10-day jail sentence, accepting the punishment in front of the innocent man he helped put in prisonfor nearly 25 years. Ken Anderson will also be disbarred and must serve 500 hours of community service as part of a… Continue Reading

Conviction quashed after 28-year fight

  Read Converse – the national newspaper for prisoners in England and Wales A man convicted of a Birmingham robbery has won a 28-year fight for justice after appeal judges were told of doubts about the credibility of the principal police witness. The Court of Appeal said Martin Foran’s 1985 convictions for robbery and conspiracy to rob… Continue Reading

£8.8m For Miscarriage of Justice – ‘UK Heads Injustice League’

A man who spent 13 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has been awarded £13.2 million dollars (£8.8m) in compensation – something which could never happen in the UK which campaigners say heads the injustice league. David Ayers of Cleveland cried as a jury found that two police detectives violated his… Continue Reading


Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando in Fulham, west London, has lost his High Court bid for compensation as a victim of a “miscarriage of justice”. Two judges rejected his claim that the Justice Secretary unfairly and unlawfully decided he was “not… Continue Reading

£81,000 FOR 11 YEARS IN JAIL

A Chinese man has received record state compensation of 825,000 yuan (£81,000) for 11 years of wrongful imprisonment. The state-run Southern Metropolis Daily said pn Thursday that Guangdong’s provincial supreme court granted compensation to Huang Liyi, 39, for deprivation of personal freedom as well as psychological and emotional distress. Huang’s lawyer, Yang Xuelin, said on… Continue Reading