Socialist Worker

A history of injustices

Issue No. 1914

“FOR OVER 16 years we have been used as political scapegoats. The police told us from the start they knew we hadn’t done it.”
Paddy Hill one of the Birmingham Six—a group wrongly convicted of terrorist bombing—on his release in March 1991

“THERE IS no doubt that police officers seriously misled the court—in fact they lied.”
Lord Lane ordering the release of the Guildford Four—another group wrongly convicted of terrorist bombing—in October 1989

“THE POLICE say I arrived there [Guildford police station] before noon on Thursday and I didn’t see a single police officer until late on Friday night. In fact I was interrogated all the Thursday night and they deny it.”
Paul Hill one of the Guildford Four, interviewed in Socialist Worker, November 1989

“AFTER 11 September civil liberties have been so eroded and compromised to the extent that there exists a ‘carte blanche’ approach by the authorities upon everyone

“As far as the British justice system is concerned there’s still been nothing built in to avoid a repeat of our case, plus the avalanche of cases since mine among the Irish and those wrongly accused.

“The Prevention of Terrorism Act was used to terrorise the Irish in Britain into avoiding involvement in the Northern Ireland situation. Since 11 September our civil liberties have been eroded more and more.

“The whistle still needs blowing, but now harder and louder.”
Paul Hill Irish World, 6 June 2003

“THERE IS no doubt the men were heavily beaten up. The men were badly beaten and deprived of sleep for a long time so they would sign those confessions. The traces of explosive on two of the men’s hands were not reliable.”
Jean Gray on the Birmingham Six in Socialist Worker, 1976

“IF THE Birmingham Six had been hanged we shouldn’t have all these campaigns to get them released.”
Lord Denning the top judge who dismissed the Birmingham Six’s action against the police, speaking in 1990, a year before their release

“THE ONLY evidence against my husband, Mark Braithwaite and Winston Silcott were confessions obtained while they were in the custody of police officers and denied access to their solicitors. Winston was convicted on the basis of a 26-word denial he was supposed to have given the detective in charge.”
Sharon Raghip wife of Engin Raghip, one of the Tottenham Three

“IT WAS a frightening experience. The police screwed my head up. I told them over 300 times that I didn’t know anything. But after four days with hardly any sleep or food my main object was to get away from them.”
Stephen Miller one of the Cardiff Three, falsely convicted for murder in 1990


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