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Blair says sorry for wrongful convictions

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Blair says sorry for wrongful convictions


British Prime Minister, Tony Blair has apologised to eleven people from two families wrongfully jailed for IRA bomb attacks on two pubs in 1974. The convictions are among the UK’s worst miscarriages of justice. “I recognise the trauma the conviction caused the Conlon and Maguire families and the stigma that wrongly attaches to them to this day. I am very sorry that they were subject to such an ordeal and such an injustice. That is why I am making this apology today. They deserve to be completely and publicly exonerated.”

Gerry Conlon, whose story was dramatised in the film “Name of the Father”, was falsely imprisoned for planting IRA bombs. His father was also wrongly convicted and died serving his sentence. He spoke of meeting Tony Blair. “He apologised profusely and you see that he was physically taken aback by the suffering that we have all suffered,” he said. The miscarriages of justice followed the bombings of two pubs in Guildford and Woolwich. Seven people died in the attacks, which caused public outrage in the UK.

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