Straw to meet mother of race murder victim

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Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, is to meet the mother of Stephen Lawrence, the murdered black teenager, to reassure her that the Government will step up efforts to bring his killers to justice.

Tony Blair announced the meeting with Doreen Lawrence yesterday in response to reminders that five men accused by the Daily Mail of killing Stephen have done nothing to clear their names.

Stephen, an A-level student, was stabbed to death in a racist attack in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993. Police efforts to track down his killers were stymied by a wall of silence which remained in place throughout an inquest in February when five white men refused to answer questions. After the jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing, the Mail published pictures of the men headlined "Murderers" - and daring them to sue.

Yesterday, David Winnick MP asked Mr Blair: "When is justice and the rule of law going to prevail in this case? The Prime Minister replied that he sympathised with the frustration many people felt, and added: "We will do everything we can, within the rule of law, to rectify that injustice and the meeting with Mrs Lawrence is one part and one step in doing that."

Steve Boggan