Blair offers TV apology for wrongful IRA bombing convictions

[JURIST] In person on national television Wednesday UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] apologized to members of the Conlon and Maguire families who were wrongfully convicted and sentenced for the 1974 IRA bombings of British pubs in Guildford [BBC On This Day file] and Woolwich. Eleven individuals from the two families were arrested, tried, and convicted on evidence that was later completely discredited. Blair also met with the families privately and conveyed the government's official apology for their hardships. Watch Blair's public apology for the wrongful convictions [BBC webcast]. BBC News has local coverage.

 

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