Prosecutors are no longer standing over convictions for four men who admitted terrorism offences as teenagers 30 years ago, it has been revealed.
The confirmation opens the prospect of guilty verdicts against them being quashed by judges later this month.
Three of the cases involve Londonderry men Eric Wright, James Henry Brown and Peter Joseph McDonald, who all signed confessions while in police custody during 1976-77.
They had been arrested on suspicion of terrorist-related activity.
Because they were aged 16 at the time of their detention, under Judges' Rules then in operation they should have been interviewed in the presence of a solicitor and appropriate adult.
The case was adjourned until later this month.