Thursday, June 18, 1998 Published at 20:11 GMT 21:11 UK
Five must appear at Lawrence inquiry
Neville Lawrence said he was "happy with the judgement"
Five men who have been fighting an order to appear at the Stephen Lawrence inquiry have been told they must appear.
Neil Acourt, Dobson and Knight were acquitted at the Old Bailey in 1996. The charges against Jamie Acourt and Norris never came to trial.
They were seeking a judicial review at the High Court of the decision to summon them to the inquiry into the police investigation of Stephen's murder.
However, Lord Justice Simon Brown made it clear that the men must not be questioned on whether they were guilty of killing Stephen Lawrence.
The inquiry chairman, Sir William Macpherson, had reassured the Law Lords that was not the purpose of his investigation, which is being held under the Police Act.
Counsel for five men
Lord Justice Brown then made it clear that the questions would be at the discretion of Sir William.
He said: "I would hold these applicants cannot properly be asked questions going essentially to their guilt or innocence, but, save only that, I would leave to the chairman's absolute discretion the particular questions which may be asked of them."
Chairman's discretion trusted
If any question was put at the inquiry which did appear to go to guilt or innocence "then I have no doubt that the chairman will immediately stop them," he said.
Lord Justice Brown, sitting with Mr Justice Hooper, said: "Whilst the inquiry involves in a real sense a trial of the police who investigated this crime, it is in no sense a trial of these applicants and it must not be allowed to become one."
Neville Lawrence, 51, father of the murdered teenager, said he was "happy with the judgment" as he left court.