Free at last, but why did Michael Shields’s pardon take so long? – The Times

Posted September 10th, 2009 in news by sally

“Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, latched on to a comment made in passing from Mr Shields Sr when he met the family on August 28. They presented him with new evidence, believed to be the oral confession of another man, Graham Sankey, to the attack made on the second day of Mr Shields’ trial in Bulgaria. Mr Shields Sr said that his daughter Melissa had visited Mr Sankey, and that in front of his parents he confessed to the assault.”

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The Times, 10th September 2009