31 July 1997 Edition

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Birmingham Six slam compo offer

The Birmingham Six have blasted the latest compensation offers from the British government as ``derisory and insulting'', after meeting the British Home Secretary Jack Straw on Wednesday 23 July.

The varying levels of interim compensation and the lengthy delay in final settlement has enraged the group, who have urged the British government to settle, and acknowledge the men's innocence for which they were imprisoned from 1974 to 1991.

Hugh Callaghan, Billy Power, Paddy Hill and Gerry Hunter handed a letter of protest to Jack Straw, demanding a final settling of their compensation for wrongful imprisonment, loss of earning and suffering and expense incurred by their relatives.

The group remain adamant the suffering inflicted on them, which included enduring long-term imprisonment and the attendent physical and pyschological injury on themselves and their families, merits at least £1 million each.

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