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Janet Alder demands justice

Issue No. 1990

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) this week delivered its review into the death of Christopher Alder to home secretary Charles Clarke.

Christopher Alder, a black paratrooper, died on the floor of a Hull police station on 1 April 1998. His family have campaigned for justice since.

Janet Alder told Socialist Worker, “We want a full independent public inquiry into Christopher’s death. This is all the more urgent after Jason Paul, who was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Christopher before he arrived at the police station, won his civil case against the police earlier this year.

“The family have never believed that Jason Paul was responsible for Christopher’s death.

“We received an unlawful killing verdict at an inquest and since then we have had a bungled trial. After the showing on TV of the documentary about Christopher’s death the then home secretary ordered this review.

“But we feel the IPCC does not have the powers needed to summon and interview officers.We don’t want this report to be folded up and left on the shelf.”

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Sat 4 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1990
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