Michael Magee

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Michael Magee was convicted of charges relating to an alleged plot to attack British troops. The evidence against him consisted primarily of oral admissions and a written statement made during police questioning. In 2000, the European Court of Human Rights held that his admissions, made after being denied access to a solicitor for two days, were made in breach of his right to a fair trial. His conviction was quashed in light of this finding. The court concluded that it would not be justified to find that the conviction was safe in light of the European Court of Human Rights finding.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: Northern Ireland
  • County: Belfast 
  • Ethnicity: Unknown
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 11
  • Offence convicted of: Conspiracy to muder & cause explosion; possession of explosives with intent
  • Year of crime: 1988
  • Year of initial conviction: 1990
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2001
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Unknown
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/nie/cases/NICA/2000/18.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession
  • Compensation: No
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Unknown
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful appeal in 1993