THE BIRMINGHAM PUB BOMBINGS 1974: BELFAST LAWYERS REPRESENT VICTIMS FAMILIES AT HEARINGS TO RESUME INQUESTS
KRW LAW LLP is assisting a number of families who lost loved ones in the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974. We welcomed the decision of the Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull to hold hearings into the application we have made to her to resume the inquests into these deaths. The hearing commences on 10 February 2016 with arguments being made in relation to the jurisdiction of the Senior Coroner to resume the inquests. The hearings will be in Solihull and a decision is expected by the 24 February 2016. The families we assist hope the decision will lead to the resumption of the original inquests into the Birmingham Pub Bombings and be a mechanism for them to achieve truth, justice and accountability in relation to the deaths of their loved ones.
The original inquests opened following the Birmingham Pub Bombings in 1974. The inquests were closed in 1975 because convictions had been secured against the Birmingham Six. Those convictions were subsequently quashed in 1991. Our application to the Senior Coroner is for her to resume the closed inquests on the basis that the inquest process was never completed because of those convictions and therefore remains open and the most effective investigatory mechanism to examine all the circumstances surrounding the Birmingham Pub Bombings. A resumed inquest would be a mechanism for many of the questions arising from the Birmingham Pub Bombing 1974 to be asked by the families and the by Senior Coroner.
KRW LAW LLP is the leading and largest human rights law firm in Northern Ireland with a unique Legacy Litigation Department. Justice4the21 approached us in 2014 because of our cutting edge experience and reputation in all aspects of Conflict related Legacy litigation including inquests. We have been proud to assist Justice4the21 and we will be continue to do so on behalf of four of the families of victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings at the hearings together with counsel attending from London and Belfast.
ENDS 10 02 2016
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