Petition to re-open the Birmingham pub bombings inquiry

Hi all

First and foremost, a massive well done to my friends Emma, Nick and Alessa who completed the London Marathon on Sunday. I attended, but didn’t race, but it did make me feel like doing another race before I go back to Honduras. 

I hate data-entry. If there was any way to break someone’s spirit, this is it. Thank God it’s for three months only.

Here is the main reason I am writing this post. In the last few weeks the sister of one of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings, Julie Hambleton, has set up a petition for the British Government to re-open the case that happened on 21 November 1974 in  Tavern In The Town and the Mulberry Bush and killed 21 people. Six Irishmen, Paddy Hill, Hugh Callaghan, Billy Power, Johnny Walker, Richard McIlkenny and Gerry Hunterwere then rounded up and wrongly accused of the bombings, which consequently left them spending 16 years in prison – one of the biggest and infamous miscarriages of justice in the British history. Since then, nobody has been blamed for the bombs. The IRA have never come forward and the police have dropped the case. How would you feel if that were to happen to your brother or sister? That their killers are not brought to justice? Nearly 40 years!

Paddy Hill, a sixth of the Birmingham Six has signed the petition, and quoted in the Sunday Mercury that he believes that the IRA and the British Government know who the murderers are but seem reluctant to follow-up the case. See the news article: http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2012/04/22/birmingham-six-paddy-hill-signs-petition-for-re-opening-of-pub-bombing-case-66331-30810176/.

 To reopen the case in parliament, a case needs 100,000 names on a petition. At the moment, it is very much short of that. It needs more coverage because at the moment it seems to be mainly Birmingham based. I will leave you a link to the e-petition and a blog about the campaign. I have signed it. I hope you do too.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/24443

http://justice4the21.blogspot.co.uk/

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About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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