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Hillsborough Inquests Set To Be Quashed
An application to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts is due to be heard at the High Court today.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who will put forward the application, said the main basis for the move was new medical evidence, made public in the Hillsborough Independent Panel report published in September.
Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989, when their team met Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.
The report revealed a widespread cover-up by police who altered witness statements to put officers in a favourable light and deflect blame for the disaster on to Liverpool fans.
Mr Grieve is expected to rely on new medical evidence from the report that revealed 41 of the 96 fans had the "potential to survive" if the police response been more effective.
Margaret Aspinall, whose 18 year-old son James died in the disaster, was hopeful that new inquests would be ordered.
She said: "This is the time now for the 96 to get the justice they deserve and, most importantly, for those families who are left behind.
"So many have died (and) they've been absolutely tortured because they knew the truth but they didn't hear it.
"We have never believed their deaths were an accident, we have never accepted the death certificates and I will hope the judges quash the inquests so we can press ahead with new ones."
Three High Court judges will be asked to make a decision based on the Attorney General's application.
The Hillsborough Family Support Group has organised a coach to take more than 30 families, while the Hillsborough Justice Campaign has arranged train travel for about a dozen people.
Liverpool and Walton MP Steve Rotherham said: "The families have been campaigning for two things; for truth and justice.
"The truth came out with the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report and now they want justice.
"Part of justice (is) that they get the correct verdict recorded on the death certificate of their loves ones ... They have never believed that to be the case."
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