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UK Actor Ricky Tomlinson Tries to Overturn Conviction

(Posted on 04/02/21)

UK Actor Ricky Tomlinson Tries to Overturn Conviction
A group of 14 trade unionists including actor Ricky Tomlinson are attempting to have their convictions overturned at the Court of Appeal this week. 

The group say police destroyed evidence, and claim security chiefs prejudiced their trial.

The men were convicted over allegedly illegal protests during a 1972 strike.

Six of the 14 have since died but their families have continued the cases in their names. Tomlinson was jailed for two years in the first of three trials that lasted until 1974.

According to the BBC News website the Criminal Cases Review Commission sent the case back to the Court of Appeal after Eileen Turnbull, the researcher for the justice campaign, uncovered a potentially crucial document in the National Archives.

Danny Friedman QC, speaking for 12 of the men, told the Court of Appeal these missing original statements would have been crucial.

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