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WHAT IS JUSTICE FOR THE 21?

J4T21 is all about the Birmingham Pub Bombings in 1974 and the innocent lives that were taken at The Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town.  Families of those lost have been fighting for over 42 years for justice with NO ASSISTANCE from any type of Legal Aid.  Families of the 21 are dedicated to get justice for their loved ones and continue to fight and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

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What about the Birmingham Six?

The Birmingham Six walked free from jail after their convictions for the murder of 21 innocent people in two pubs in Birmingham, were quashed by the Court of Appeal. 


Paddy Joe Hill, Hugh Callaghan, Richard McIlkenny, Gerry Hunter, Billy Power, and Johnny Walker, who between them have served 96 years for a crime they did not commit, were released onto the streets outside the Old Bailey in London at 1605 GMT.


They were greeted by cheering crowds, as they punched their fists in the air and waved celebrating their first taste of freedom. Richard McIlkenny was first to speak.


"It's good to see you all," he said. "We've waited a long time for this - 16 years because of hypocrisy and brutality. But every dog has its day and we're going to have ours."


Paddy Hill was next to step up to the microphone. "For 16 and a half years we have been used as political scapegoats," he said. "The police told us from the start they knew we hadn't done it. They didn't care who had done it."


The six were arrested in 1974. They had left Birmingham shortly before the bombs exploded in two city centre pubs in the bloodiest ever IRA attack.


The Mulberry Bush pub and the Tavern were both destroyed in the blasts. Twenty-one people were killed, more than 1560 injured. The men claimed in court that they had confessed only after being beaten by police.


But the court did not believe them and so began their long battle for justice. In January 1987, their first appeal was rejected. But the campaign for their release gathered pace headed by the Labour MP Chris Mullin.


A new inquiry by Devon and Cornwall Police into the original inquiry uncovered irregularities in the police case against the Six.


It paved the way for today's appeal. New scientific tests show statements made by the Birmingham Six were altered at a later date.


Scientists also admitted in court that forensic tests that were originally said to confirm two of the six had been handling explosives could have produced the same results from handling cigarettes.


The Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, has been one of the men's supporters. He said: "It was a moment so many of us have waited so long for and I think generated in all of us a tremendous sense of excitement, relief, and joy."


A Royal Commission has been set up to investigate this and other recent miscarriages of justice. 

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