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Cops ‘colluded to jail Cardiff Three’

Issue No. 2261

A jury in Swansea has heard that 13 policemen colluded to jail five innocent black men for the murder of Lynette White.

Three of the men were convicted of the murder in 1990 but released two years later by the Court of Appeal

The court heard that police concocted a scenario which was “almost entirely a fabrication and was largely the product of the imagination”.

Eight of the original 13 are currently on trial. Four more will stand trial next year. All are accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Among the ten defendants are three former senior police officers. There are also two civilians, Violet Perriam and Ian Massey. Along with former chief inspector Graham Mouncher, they are charged with perjury.

Those representing the police argue that the man eventually jailed for Lynette’s murder, Jeffrey Gafoor, was pressured into taking sole responsibility for the crime.

They also argue that there was a connection between Gafoor and the Cardiff Three—Yusef Abdullahi, Tony Paris and Stephen Miller.

Gafoor told the court, “I know that they did not have anything to do with it and that they were completely innocent because I was the one who killed Lynette White.”

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Tue 19 Jul 2011, 17:25 BST
Issue No. 2261
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