Conlon, who had troubles with his lungs for many years, died in prison in Januarywhile the other six served their sentences and were released.
Appeals[ edit ] The Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven sought leave to appeal their convictions immediately and were refused. Despite this, a growing body of disparate groups pressed for a re-examination of the case. In Februaryduring the trial of the Balcombe Street ASUthe four IRA men instructed their lawyers to "draw attention to the fact that four totally innocent people were serving massive sentences", referring to the Guildford Four. Inthe Home Office issued a memorandum recognising that it was unlikely they were terrorists, but that this would not be sufficient evidence for appeal.
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October Learn how and when to remove this template message Indetectives from Avon and Somerset Constabularyinvestigating the handling of the case, found three significant pieces of evidence in relation to Surrey Police's handling of the Guildford Four and their statements. Firstly, typed notes from Patrick Armstrong's police interviews, which had been heavily edited. Deletions and additions had been made, and the notes had been rearranged.
These notes, and their amendments, were consistent with hand-written and typed notes presented at the trial, which suggested that the hand-written notes were made after the interviews had been conducted. The notes presented had been described in court as contemporaneous records.
Secondly, a series of manuscript notes relating to an interview with Hill, which showed that Hill's fifth statement was taken in breach of Judges' Rulesand may well have been inadmissible as evidence. The information was not made available to the DPP or the prosecution.
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Further, the officers involved had denied under oath that such an interview had happened. Thirdly, detention records were inconsistent with the times and durations of the claimed interviews, reported by the Surrey police. An appeal was already under way on the basis of other evidence. The appeal hearing had been adjourned to January at the request of the Guildford Four, but once the findings of the Somerset and Avon report were available, the hearing was resumed, with the Crown stating that they did not wish to support the convictions.
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The Lord Chief JusticeLord Laneconcluded that, regardless of the impact of the content of the material discovered by Somerset and Avon, or indeed the alibis or additional evidence the appellants wished to introduce, the level of duplicity meant that all the police evidence was suspect, and hence the case for the prosecution was unsafe.
We have no doubt that these events make the convictions of all of these four appellants in respect of the Guildford and the Woolwich events unsafe, even though the latest revelations have no direct bearing on the evidence relating to the Woolwich bombing. The Four were released on 19 Octoberafter having their convictions quashed.
Paul Hill had also been convicted of the murder of a British soldier, Brian Shaw, based on his confession while in the custody of Surrey Police. This did not fall under the ambit of the Lane appeal. Gerry Conlon of the Guilford Four had died. The Evening for Private Manning is hosted in honor of Chelsea Manning born Bradley Manningthe US Army Soldier who has been imprisoned for her role in the WikiLeaks release of the largest set of classified documents ever leaked to the public.
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After saying he was a free man and would be leaving by the front door, Gerry declared to a waiting media: I am totally innocent. Patrick's Church, Celbridge this morning for burial at Donacomper Cemetry Picture Collins, Dublin, Colin Keegan. Collins Photo Agency He said: I was given no psychological help, no counselling. Photocall Ireland Picture Agency Limited But despite dedicating most of his life to campaigning for victims of wrongful imprisonment it was making his parents Sarah, who died aged 82 inand Giuseppe proud that mattered most.
What a credit, what spirit.