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Britain seeks fresh Hillsborough disaster inquests

Published on Dec 11, 2012 6:23 AM
In a file picture taken on April 15, 2009 Liverpool football club supporters sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during a memorial service to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's attorney general applied Monday for fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster.

Dominic Grieve applied to the High Court to have the verdicts of the original inquests into Britain's worst sporting disaster quashed so that fresh ones can be held.

The original inquests returned verdicts of accidental death but Grieve wants to bring new evidence forward after an independent inquiry published in September exposed a police cover-up following the crush.

"I believe that the case for the High Court to quash the original inquests is a good one," said the government's top legal officer.

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