PROVED INNOCENT GERRY CONLON PDF

He too had been hooded, shackled and subjected to rendition — from his home in Northern Ireland to a police station in Surrey — threatened, brutalised and tortured until he confessed to the IRA bombings in of pubs in the garrison towns of Guildford and Woolwich. Yet the claim that four innocent and improbable young people were responsible should have been immediately derailed by the cast-iron alibis of two. Instead, the intimidation of alibi witnesses, or in the case of Gerry, the burial of a statement that proved he could not have been anywhere but at a hostel in Kilburn, north-west London, for young Irish men, overcame that obstacle. Even more inconveniently, the IRA unit that had carried out some 60 other attacks to which Guildford and Woolwich were identical was captured. Three years later, in , the court of appeal heard first hand the testimony of the IRA unit — they were responsible and no one else. Nonetheless, the four appellants were sent back to prison for another 12 years.

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He too had been hooded, shackled and subjected to rendition — from his home in Northern Ireland to a police station in Surrey — threatened, brutalised and tortured until he confessed to the IRA bombings in of pubs in the garrison towns of Guildford and Woolwich.

Yet the claim that four innocent and improbable young people were responsible should have been immediately derailed by the cast-iron alibis of two. Instead, the intimidation of alibi witnesses, or in the case of Gerry, the burial of a statement that proved he could not have been anywhere but at a hostel in Kilburn, north-west London, for young Irish men, overcame that obstacle.

Even more inconveniently, the IRA unit that had carried out some 60 other attacks to which Guildford and Woolwich were identical was captured.

Three years later, in , the court of appeal heard first hand the testimony of the IRA unit — they were responsible and no one else. Nonetheless, the four appellants were sent back to prison for another 12 years. This time it was the turn of the scientists, who asserted falsely that the hands of each tested positive for nitro-glycerine. Born in Belfast, growing up in the impoverished, warm and close-knit community of the Lower Falls Road, Gerry was the much-loved son of Guiseppe and Sarah.

Class 1C learned Gaelic and the orientation of the history that was taught was Irish; had he stayed in that class he considered later he might have possessed a greater awareness of the history of Ireland and a more defined Republican point of view. Instead, he clattered through life in Belfast as a minor delinquent, scuttling back and forth to London.

In no way equipped with self-discipline or even physical stamina or fortified with any political rationale for his fate, he entered the hell of the English prisons of the s, when to be Irish — and even more, IRA — was to be in danger.

He clamoured and shouted and wrote and in the later years telephoned and besieged the great and the good until gradually there was movement, by the slowest of degrees.

The release when it came, came with the sudden falling of the citadel; all of the evidence had been fabricated. Everyone had been wrong and he had been right. The euphoria of release almost immediately evaporated in the pandemonium of public attention; the longed for reunion was with a family too damaged to accommodate the ways in which he was haunted by demons. He had nevertheless an acute, intelligent and articulate raw voice which vividly communicated his experience of injustice.

However, for many years he fell into an abyss from which he could not climb out, hiding like a recluse in a tiny apartment in Plymouth, Devon, knowing no one, physically and mentally broken.

Unable to find joy, he resorted to drugs, attempting to experience what was otherwise inaccessible. Every night was a torment. But despite these struggles, this brave and endearing human being made an enormous mark. The diagnosis of his cancer came three weeks before his death, and in that time he came to understand the volume of affection for him across the world.

He is survived by his partner, his daughter and two sisters.

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His father was Giuseppe Conlon, a factory worker, and his mother was Sarah Conlon , a hospital cleaner. He was living with a group of squatters in London when he was arrested for the Guildford pub bombings , which occurred on 5 October the same year. On 19 October , [1] his position was vindicated when the Guildford Four were freed after the Court of Appeal in London ruled that police had fabricated the handwritten interrogation notes used in the conviction. Crucial evidence proving Conlon could not have carried out the bombings had been held back by the police from the original trial. Among them was his father, Giuseppe, who had travelled to London from Belfast to help his son mount a legal defence, and who died in prison in In the Maguire Seven were also exonerated.

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