Today the prosecution made a public statement, following the discontinuance of proceedings against Sir Norman Bettison yesterday, in justification of that decision. The hearing had been listed for an application to dismiss the charges brought by Paul and Nick on Sir Norman’s behalf; however, the CPS took the decision to terminate the case before that argument took place.
At the core of the prosecution’s reason for dropping the case was an acceptance that the evidence against Sir Norman was incapable of giving rise to a conviction, a point that Paul and Nick had advanced in a number of different ways in their submissions when applying to dismiss the case.
In a robust reply to the prosecution’s explanation as to why the case was being discontinued, Paul set out in summary form why the case against Sir Norman had always been tenuous at best. He also commented upon the “naked political interference” that there had been in Sir Norman’s case.
Readers are respectfully reminded that there are live criminal proceedings arising from the Hillsborough tragedy against other defendants.
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