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BARRY GEORGE will address the United Against Injustice Conference for the first time. Our conferences are a safe space where Barry has said that he feels comfortable to speak.
MICHELLE DISKIN-BATES is a much-loved Patron of United Against Injustice and will speak at our conference after a busy year following the publication of her best-selling book Stand Against Injustice which will be available.
On April 26, 1999, BBC TV presenter Jill Dando was murdered outside her home in London. Barry George was convicted and imprisoned for the murder but was later acquitted after an appeal and retrial. Stand Against Injustice is the powerful memoir of the sister of Barry George.
For the first time, Michelle tells her story, the human side and truth behind one of recent history's most high profile and damaging miscarriages of justice, her life is inextricably interwoven in the drama, the trauma, the conspiracy and the fight for justice. A self-confessed "ordinary housewife," Michelle’s voice weaves the personal everyday struggles that bring depth, colour, and passion into what is an extraordinary account.
BRIAN HUDSON is the secretary of the organisation FACT which has its roots in the decisions of various police forces in the UK to undertake historical investigations into alleged abuse in former children’s homes and residential schools.
The first to do this was the North Wales Police Force who began their inquires in 1991. They were followed by Merseyside and Cheshire Police. Within a decade virtually every police force in the UK was either undertaking retrospective investigations into alleged abuse or planning to do so.
The scale of the investigations was so great and misinformed that huge numbers of carers and teachers banded together for mutual support. The first support group was set up in North Wales in 1992.
As more individuals were accused and the injustices became more apparent other local groups and individual campaigns merged to form a powerful and respected national network, and an organisation to be reckoned with.
JULIE HAMBLETON together with her brother founded the group Justice for the 21, Julie will address this year’s conference, you will hear of her determination to bring those responsible to justice, why she believes the authorities do not want the truth to come out and the obstacles that have been put in her way.
One of the most notorious miscarriage of justice of our time must surely be the Birmingham Six. Innocent Irishmen who spent 16 years in prison. Since their release no one else has been brought to justice, although the names of suspects are well known. 21 people lost their lives that night and the families of the victims are determined to bring those responsible to justice. Julie Hambleton recalled how her “world fell apart” aged 11 when her 18-year-old sister Maxine was killed, she said: “West Midlands police have always told us that when they have new evidence, they will act on it. Well here you go, and I’m sure there is more to be found when those perpetrators who are still at large are caught.”
BARBARA STONE says new DNA technology could clear her brother’s name over 20 years after the murders of Lin and Megan Russell.
Barbara rarely sees her brother but admits she thinks about him – and what she sees as a gross miscarriage of justice – every day.
Michael Stone was jailed for life in 1998, after being convicted of the murder of Lin and Megan Russell and the attempted murder of Josie Russell, then aged nine, in a remote country lane near Canterbury on July 9
Michael Stone denied being responsible for the appalling crimes but was found guilty, he still protests his innocence.
JOHN KAMARA is a man of immense courage, a testament to the strength, persistence and determination that proved his innocence
John Kamara spent 19 years of wrongful imprisonment for murder because the police deliberately failed to disclose over 200 witness statements which proved his innocence.
John, from Toxteth, Liverpool, was convicted in 1981 with Raymond Gilbert of the murder of John Suffield, who was stabbed during a bungled robbery.
During the trial Gilbert changed his plea to guilty. Even though Mr Kamara continued to profess his innocence he was found guilty. But evidence emerged that another man confessed to police in 1987. Doubts were also cast on the fairness of Mr Kamara's identity parade.
It was the discovery of over 200 previously withheld witness statements that set Kamara’s release on course.
Scheduled to last a week, the judges took only three days to quash the conviction.
TRUDI BENJAMIN has been an active campaigner for Jeremy Bamber for the last 7 years. She is Director of JB Campaign Ltd, a not for profit private limited company.
Trudi, mother to four children and two stepchildren and is studying for an under -graduate degree in law.
Trudi says that Jeremy Bamber has protested his innocence for 32 years and despite a wealth of evidence that shows that his schizophrenic sister Sheila Caffell killed her family and then committed suicide,
Supporters believe that Jeremy’s case is one of the most unsafe that the UK has ever seen. What still lies at the heart of this case after over 32 years is the withholding of vital alibi evidence by Essex Police. Numerous attempts have been made to gain disclosure of this evidence without success.