Birmingham Six take case to Europe

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The Birmingham Six plan to take their case for compensation to the European Court after their request for a fresh settlement and a meeting with Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, were turned down yesterday. They are angry that claims over their 16 years' wrongful imprisonment have still not been settled six years after their release.

Five of the six picketed the Home Office yesterday, angry at the latest offers, which ranged from pounds 250,000 to just pounds 50,000. They have received interim payments of about pounds 250,000 but argue they should all be offered the same as they were all equally wronged.