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1 Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six is released

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8 dec. 2010

Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six is released.

2 Paddy Hill – BBC HARDtalk

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1 jun. 2016

A coroner in the UK has ordered that the inquests into the deaths of 21 people killed when the IRA bombed two pubs in Birmingham more than 40 years ago should be resumed. The original hearings were stopped in 1975, when six men were convicted. The “Birmingham Six” were eventually acquitted in 1991 after what is regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history. One of those men, Paddy Hill, spoke to HARDtalk in 2011.

3 The Birmingham Six: Spotlight 1991

16 jan. 2013

Spotlight 06th March 1991, Birmingham Six freed after 16 years. The Birmingham Six walk free from jail after their convictions for the murder of 21 people in two pubs are quashed by the Court of Appeal.
 
IMPORTANT VIDEO
 
Minute 17: Fairness

4 The Birmingham Six Release, Live Broadcast. R.T.E. 1991

23 jan. 2013

The Birmingham Six Releae, live broadcast at the time, the picture clears up one minute into footage.

5 Paddy Hill – The Birmingham 6 – Brutal Interview

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20 mei 2015

In an interview with Liam Galvin Paddy Hill from The Birmingham 6 talks about Police Corruption, Being Convicted of a Crime he did not Commit , Prison Violence, Mad Frankie Fraser, The Krays & how prison life changes you. Originally an interview about ‘Mad’ Frank Fraser Paddy talks passionately & gives the Brutal Truth of Life in Prison. Interview Liam Galvin. Producer Yvette Rowland. Camera Nick Sherrard. Footage supplied by www.unlicensedboxing.com
 
IMPORTANT: at minute 10

6 What the Papers Say on Birmingham Six release and Sunday Times Iraq War hubris

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13 mrt. 2016

A classic edition of What the Papers Say from March 1991.Mark Lawson covers the release of the Birmingham Six on appeal, and the hubristic comments from The Sunday Times on the end of the first Gulf War. I think the red nose that appears on the Lord Chief Justice’s face at the end is a reference to Comic Relief broadcast the same day?

7 Guildford Four inquiry papers show reconviction attempts – Emma Vardy

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27 okt. 2016

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Previously unseen files from an inquiry into the case indicate persistent attempts to try to “reconvict” the Guildford Four who were accused of exploding two bombs in October 1974.
 
Gerry Conlon (pictured), Paddy Armstrong, Paul Hill and Carole Richardson, who always protested their innocence, served 15 years before their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1989.
 
Emma Vardy spoke to Gerry Conlon’s sister in Northern Ireland along with a Guildford Four solicitor and a friend of Mr Conlon.

8 MUA Melbourne meeting 2011 Gerry Conlon Part 2

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10 aug. 2011

Gerry Conlon talking at the MUA Conference Melbourne 2011 Debra Weddall of Untited Productions

9 Gerry Conlon and Paddy Hill speaking at the University of Limerick, School of Law

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18 mrt. 2014

Gerry Conlon (Guildford Four) and Paddy Joe Hill (Birmingham Six) recently gave a talk ‘Miscarriages of Justice’ at the University of Limerick. The event was organised by the Cluster for Understanding Emotions in Society (CUES), School of Law, UL. Tuesday 18th March 2014.

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10 Life After Life A Guildford Four Memoir

 

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13 sep. 2017

The team here at Together Digital were delighted to be able to sit down with Paddy Armstrong and Mary-Elaine Tynan to discuss his book, ‘Life After Life: a Guildford Four Memoir’ which was released earlier this year.
 
Mary-Elaine, author and journalist, worked with Paddy over the last few years to write this touching, emotional and inspiring memoir which details Paddy’s life, both before, during and after the 15 years he spent in prison as an innocent man.
 
‘Life After Life: A Guildford Four Memoir’ is published by Gill Books and is available nationwide and online, with an e-book version too.
 
For more information visit gillbooks.ie

11 Miscarriage of Justice, the Guildford Four sentenced to life 22 October 1975

27 nov. 2018

The Guildford Four who were kidnapped by the British state & tortured into making false confessions are sentenced by a corrupt judge & a rotten system. They would spend 15 years in prison until they were freed in 1989. RIP Gerry Conlon & Giuseppe Conlon

12 The Year London Blew Up – 1974 (Channel 4 2005)

 

19 feb. 2017

Told through documentary, drama and first-hand accounts, this revealing film is a unique account of the most ruthless IRA bombing campaign ever to hit mainland Britain.
Producer Mark Hayhurst
Writer Mark Hayhurst
Starring Michael Colgan, Chris O’Dowd
Production Company Blast! Films
Broadcaster Channel4

Fifty explosions rocked the capital at a rate of one per week, leaving 35 people dead and scores more maimed for life. They assassinated the TV personality Ross McWhirter after he announced a £50,000 bounty for their capture. They bombed the flat of former Prime Minister Ted Heath. They bombed Selfridge’s and Harrods. They killed innocent bystanders like Professor Gordon Hamilton-Fairley, the country’s leading cancer specialist. They even set off bombs in pillar boxes, patenting the ‘come-on’ booby trap to target bomb disposal officers. They were also responsible for the pub bombings for which the Guildford Four were wrongly and notoriously convicted.

England had never seen anything like it. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was rushed through Parliament and properties were sand-bagged as if it was wartime. The gang was operating on the principle that one bomb in London was worth ten in Belfast , and they brought ‘The Troubles’ home with extraordinary ferocity. Throughout they lived quietly in safe houses in London , undetected by a massive police operation and the intelligence services, until they lost their discipline and started driving through Mayfair crazily firing their sub-machine guns like Chicago gangsters.

Finally, the police were waiting. In Operation Combo they had flooded the West End with 3,000 men. After a breakneck car chase and gun fight, the gang were cornered in Balcombe Street . The ensuing siege saw an elderly couple – the Matthews – held hostage at gunpoint for five terrifying days in their Marylebone flat while TV cameras zoomed in on the scene around the clock.

13 ITV documentary: The Birmingham Six: Their Own Story (tx. 18.03.1991)

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Why are crooked cops NEVER prosecuted?
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/…
Wrongful Imprisonment – ITV documentary on The Birmingham Six. Could this film be made today?
Buy this and other World In Action documentaries here
http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Action-…
Comparisons this case to modern day Muslim ‘fit ups’.
On 21 November, 1974, the Mulberry Bush pub at the foot of the city’s Rotunda tower and the nearby Tavern in the Town, were both destroyed within minutes of each other.
Six men imprisoned for the attacks had their convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal, after 16 years in jail, in March 1991.
The Birmingham Six – Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker – were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975.
Human-rights lawyer Gareth Peirce who helped free the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four is now leading the fight for justice for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes. Here she is interviewed:
I.R.A. suspects the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six spent years in jail before you secured their release. Do their cases offer lessons for today? “I think these cases were an object lesson in how not to do things. It was a very belated dawning that unless an entire national community and the reasons for the conflict were understood, and a political solution devised, there could never be an end to the armed struggle. Now that message has been ignored — there is a completely baffling and frightening failure to understand what motivates political Islam.”
So you see parallels with the current situation? “Speaking to one of the Guildford Four recently, his reaction is: “Those poor guys, those Muslims — that’s exactly what happened to us. Has nobody learned?””
The Guildford Four’s story was the subject of a film, In the Name of the Father.
In August 1975 they were sentenced to life in prison on the basis of the false confessions. The men were denied the right to appeal and forced to wait until 1987 when their case was referred to the Court of Appeal, after new evidence emerged, before being rejected.
Public protests kept the case in the spotlight until August 1990 when forensic investigations showed their confessions had been tampered with.

Granada?

14 What Happens To The Innocent

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Gepubliceerd op 22 aug. 2011

 
NEW ADDRESS 54 Carlton Place, Glasgow, G59TW 0141 418 0152 Imagine being convicted and sentenced to years in prison for a crime you did not commit. Years of your life lost and the only thing in your mind while in prison is to clear your name and prove your innocence. Finally after a long struggle and fight to clear your name you get release back into society, a world that has completely changed and is totally alien to you. This film touches on some problems encountered by four miscarriages of justice victims after their release and explores the lack of help and support for these victims. Paddy Hill and John McManus also explain the work undertaken at the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation and their dream of building a retreat for the innocent. (C) William Summers & M.O.J.O www.miscarriagesofjustice.org

15 Man arrested over 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings | ITV News

18 nov. 2020

A man has been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the Birmingham Pub Bombings in 1974. Twenty-one people died in the attack in which two bombs exploded in two pubs in the city centre on 21 November that year.

16 Birmingham pub bombings inquest reopened – BBC Newsnight

2 jun. 2016

It was a ghastly piece of our recent history, but the events of November 1974 in Birmingham, have not yet been consigned to history. A senior coroner has determined that the unfinished inquests into the two pub bombings, should reopen. Is this another Hillsborough? The cases are very different – but comparisons are drawn. John Sweeney spent the day in Birmingham. His report is followed by a discussion with Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine was among the 21 victims in the bombings, former Met Police Commander, Bob Milton and Sean O’Callaghan, a Provisional IRA member turned informant.
 
Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

17 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 1)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

18 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 2)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

19 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 3)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

20 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 4)

28 feb. 2010


Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

21 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 6)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

22 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 6)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

23 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 7)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

24 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 8)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

25 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 9)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

26 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 10)

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

27 Who Bombed Birmingham? (Part 11)

 

28 feb. 2010

Director Mike Beckham draws on the facts in the case of two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left twenty-one dead, and six innocent men wrongly convicted. In this film, Beckham follows the efforts of World in Action researchers Ian MacBride and Chris Mullin in proving that the “Birmingham Six” only admitted to the bombing under extreme duress, and that the five IRA members were in fact responsible for the deadly attacks.

28 Why won’t the police name the Birmingham pub bombing suspects? | Mike Graham

27 sep. 2018

Inquests in to the Birmingham pub bombing in 1974 have confirmed that the suspects will not be named. Julie Hambleton lost her sister Maxine in the explosion and talks to Mike & Dawn about her last memory of her sister and the ongoing protests surrounding the case.

29 Birmingham Pub Bombings: ITV Central special programme | ITV News

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6 apr. 2019

More than 44 years after the bombings, the inquests into the deaths of the bereaved loved ones conclude the victims were unlawfully killed.

30 Couple Magically Switches Clothes

29 jan. 2019

How did this couple switch their clothes so fast? Was it magic, or were you just not paying attention?