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Monday, 17 July, 2000, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
'Injustice' fight reaches Scotland
Paddy Hill and Tommy Sheridan
Paddy Hill (right) and Tommy Sheridan at the launch
Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan and former Birmingham Six prisoner Paddy Hill have launched a campaign to fight miscarriages of justice in Scotland.

The new organisation promises to lobby on behalf of Joseph Steele and Thomas TC Campbell, who were convicted in 1984 for the murder of the Doyle family during Glasgow's infamous "ice cream wars".

Mr Hill has campaigned to overturn wrongful convictions since being freed from prison by the Appeal Court in London.

Pub bombs

He was convicted - along with five other men - of killing 21 people by bombing two Birmingham pubs in November 1974.

The men, who were said to be members of the IRA, served 16 years behind bars before having their convictions quashed.

Mr Hill joined Mr Sheridan in Edinburgh to launch the Scottish branch of the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (Mojo).

As well as examining alleged wrongful convictions, the new group said it would press the Scottish Executive to set up an independent body to investigate complaints against the police.

Prison visits

During his trip to Scotland, Mr Hill visited Steele and TC Campbell and a third prisoner Stuart Gair, to offer them support for their forthcoming appeal hearings.

Earlier this month, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission went to court in an attempt to gain unprecedented access to all documents relating to the ice cream wars murder case.

Tommy Sheridan
Tommy Sheridan: Backing new group
The commission has been considering allegations that Campbell, 47, and Steele, 38, - the so-called Glasgow Two - were wrongfully convicted.

The men have protested their innocence since their trial 16 years ago.

They lost an appeal and then saw an attempt to have fresh evidence heard in their case rejected on a split decision of three judges in 1998 after the then Scottish Secretary, Donald Dewar, referred the case to the appeal court.

The new campaign group will also lobby on behalf of Gair who was convicted in 1989 of killing Peter Smith in a Glasgow toilet.

His case has been referred to the Court of Appeal.

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