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Ice Cream Wars case inquiry call
Thomas TC Campbell with Aamer Anwar
Thomas TC Campbell and lawyer Aamer Anwar leave court
A lawyer has demanded an inquiry into the "malicious prosecution" of two men for the murder of six members of a Glasgow family more than 20 years ago.

Thomas TC Campbell and Joe Steele have had their convictions for the so-called Ice Cream Wars murders quashed.

Three appeal judges said they were victims of a miscarriage of justice.

But lawyer Aamer Anwar said the case was "a lot more than that" and claimed police officers had conspired to keep the men in jail for two decades.

"It was a malicious prosecution by Strathclyde Police and they should answer for it," he told a media conference following the verdict.

"If it had been anybody else they would have been brought to court and tried for attempting to pervert the course of justice."

Independent inquiry

He said allegations of police corruption were at the heart of the case.

Mr Anwar said the injustice had been allowed to continue because it would have meant admitting that other innocent men had been "framed".

"These cases should be re-examined and we would ask the chief constable to hold an immediate inquiry, an independent inquiry," he said.

The solicitor told reporters that there had been a number of inquiries into English police forces, but none in Scotland.

Joe Steele
Joe Steele maintained his innocence
"The question should also be asked why the legal establishment took 20 years to decide finally that this was a miscarriage of justice," he said.

And Mr Anwar said the investigation into the murders should be reopened to bring the killers to justice.

In response to the calls, Strathclyde Police would only say: "We note the decision of the court and will consider the written judgement in detail before making any further comment."

The Crown Office also said it was "carefully considering" the judgment.

"There are no new lines of inquiry in this case and no new suspects," he said.

"However, the investigation can be reopened if new evidence emerges."

Criminal behaviour

A Scottish Executive spokesman said it would be "premature" to comment on calls for an inquiry until it had studied the written judgment.

"However, if there are any suggestions of criminal behaviour on the part of any police officer, these will be investigated by the procurator fiscal.

"It will be for the chief constable to consider any matters of misconduct or discipline."

Mr Campbell and Mr Steele had been serving life sentences for the murder of six members of the Doyle family, including a baby, after a fire attack on their home in Ruchazie, Glasgow, in April 1984.

The two men had always maintained their innocence.


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