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Inquest verdicts quashed for Hillsborough victims

Issue No. 2334

A judge last month quashed accidental death inquest verdicts for 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

The ruling means that new inquests can take place and take into account the role of the police and others in the crush and its aftermath.

It follows an independent report into the disaster which found that police covered up their actions and that more people could have lived.

Sheila Coleman, from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, told Socialist Worker that the ruling was “momentous”. “It is such a strange emotion to feel happy,” she said. “To see smiles on people’s faces who have fought for 23 years was wonderful.”

But she added, “The judge’s decision was based on a lot of evidence that we presented to court in 1993 when we challenged the inquest verdicts. We showed that police statements were altered and that people could have lived.

“That evidence was rubbished then. There has been such a shift. There were politicians at the court this time—in 1993 there wasn’t one politician there.”

Former Tory MP Irvine Patnick, who smeared Liverpool fans in the aftermath of Hillsborough, has finally done one decent thing and died.

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Mon 31 Dec 2012, 16:31 GMT
Issue No. 2334
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