Miscarriages of justice: How times change

Or maybe they don't. The disturbing parallels between 1974, and Gerry Conlon's conviction, and 2005, when he was 'completely exonerated'

1974

Gerry Conlon jailed for life for the IRA's Guildford pub bombings

* Britain hit by terrorist attacks

* Prevention of Terrorism Act, introduced after Guildford, allows longer detention of suspects

* Judges sit without juries in terrorist trials in Northern Ireland

* Judge-only courts rejected for Britain

* Ministers reject ID cards

* European Court of Human Rights criticises Labour government policy

* 15 years later, convictions quashed. Anti-terror laws cited for this injustice

2005

Gerry Conlon yesterday. 'Completely exonerated' by an apologetic Tony Blair

* Britain fears terrorist attacks

* Anti-Terrorism Act allows for indefinite detention without trial for foreign terror suspects

* Judges sit alone in immigration appeals involving terror suspects

* More judge-only hearings proposed

* Ministers support ID cards

* Law lords criticise Labour government policy

* Even as Tony Blair apologises, he backs tougher anti-terror approach

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