UK quashes verdicts; new probe launched

Published: 20 December, 2012 09:17 IST | AFP |

A British court yesterday quashed accidental death verdicts returned after 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at the Hillsborough football stadium in 1989, while police launched a new investigation into the disaster

Following a request made by Attorney General Dominic Grieve at a crowded courtroom in London, High Court judges annulled the inquest verdicts delivered in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and called for fresh inquests to be held.

British Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham (centre) embraces the kin of the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster. Pic/Getty Images

The fatal crush was caused by huge overcrowding in a terrace at Hillsborough Stadium in the city of Sheffield prior to an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest 23 years ago.

Prior to the events at the High Court, British Home Secretary Theresa May announced that a new police probe into the disaster would be opened. 

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