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Support for judicial inquiry into wrongful convictions in South Wales Police area welcomed

(Posted on 11/05/23)

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Support for judicial inquiry into wrongful convictions in South Wales Police area welcomed

Miscarriage of justice victim and campaigner, Michael O'Brien has welcomed the call for a judicial inquiry into a series of wrongful convictions that have occurred in the South Wales Police area since the 1980's.

In recent days an Early Day Motion was been tabled in the House of Commons by Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Liz Saville-Roberts. Backed by Plaid’s other two MPs, Ben Lake and Hywel Williams, it reads: “That this House notes the series of cases since the 1980s investigated by South Wales Police force that resulted in wrongful convictions; further notes the devastating impact that wrongful accusation and imprisonment can have on people subject to miscarriages of justice; expresses concern that many of the perpetrators of these crimes have yet to be found; and calls on the Ministry of Justice to organise a judicial inquiry into all miscarriages of justice that took place between 1982 and 2016.”

Michael O’Brien who was wrongly convicted together with two other men of the 1987 murder of Cardiff newsagent Phillip Saunders, spent 11 years in prison before their convictions were quashed. 

Mr O’Brien told Nation Cymru newspaper: “It’s very good to have such wide support across all parties and I’m particularly pleased to receive the backing of Conservative MSs at the Senedd, including their leader Andrew RT Davies. Let’s hope they can put pressure on the UK Government to establish a judicial inquiry, something they have so far refused to do.”




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