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Hillsborough: Queen's University Belfast professor Phil Scraton key player in justice fight

By Staff Reporter

Queen's University academic Professor Phil Scraton played a major role in getting to the truth about Hillsborough.

A criminologist, he was given funding by Liverpool Council to ensure external, independent scrutiny of the investigations and inquiries following the disaster.

He provided extensive submissions to the 1997-1998 judicial scrutiny undertaken by Lord Justice Stuart-Smith and remained highly critical of the inquiry, describing it as a "debacle".

His book Hillsborough: The Truth is now widely accepted as a definitive account of the disaster and its aftermath.

Scraton was appointed to the Hillsborough Independent Panel and largely wrote its report.

The panel's report led directly to the quashing of the 96 inquest verdicts of 'accidental death' and the ordering of the new inquests, and a full criminal investigation into the disaster.

That long process resulted in yesterday's verdict and may well now lead to criminal charges after 27 years.

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