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BBC Wales's Steven Fairclough reports
"Michael O'Brien has publicly spoken to help other victims of miscarriages of justice"
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Michael O'Brien, MOJO co-founder
"There is no legal aid available and that is a serious problem"
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Wednesday, 14 March, 2001, 14:05 GMT
'Victim' set to fight cases of injustice
Ellis Sherwood, Darren Hall, Michael O'Brien
The Court of Appeal quashed their convictions
A Cardiff man wrongly convicted for killing a newsagent has helped launch a campaign to support other people fighting injustice.

The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (Mojo) was unveiled at the House of Commons by Michael O'Brien from Cardiff and Paddy Joe Hill - one of the Birmingham Six.

Mojo will focus on offering help to specific prisoners fighting against their convictions and offer counselling and rehabilitation for those released from jail.

Paddy Hill
Paddy Hill: Founder of MOJO support group
The new group said it believed the Criminal Case Review Commission "sorely lacked" the funds necessary to thoroughly investigate the caseloads.

Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Birmingham Six, who were convicted of a bombing in the 1970s.

Mr O'Brien last year received interim compensation of 100,000 after his conviction for the death of Philip Saunders 12 years ago was quashed.

He was convicted along with Ellis Sherwood and Darren Hall in 1988.

The compensation payment is likely to be followed by an eventual pay-out of up to 750,000.

Michael O'Brien
Michael O'Brien: Inquiry demand
Mr O'Brien - who has put his own money into Mojo - plans to sue the police separately in order to gain exemplary damages from them.

Last month, he made a fresh appeal for the inquiry to be re-opened - on the anniversary of his wrongful conviction.

Mr O'Brien has also claimed that he was denied a copy of a report compiled for the Police Complaints Authority on the conduct of police officers in the case.

Murder convictions against Mr O'Brien, Mr Hall and Mr Sherwood were quashed by the Appeal Court in December, 1999.

Serious questions were raised during the hearing about the conduct of investigating officers from South Wales Police who were alleged to have shown a "systematic disregard" of the rules governing interrogation of suspects.

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