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This is BBC World News Today with me, Karin Giannone.
A 27-year battle for justice ends with a jury
deciding that the victims of the Briatin's worst sporting
96 Liverpool football fans died in a crush
at Hillsborough during the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.
Oh come, O come, with hope in your heart...
At last the families who fought to uncover the truth know
what really happened and that their loved ones
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A Dutch dentist who mutilated the mouths of more than 100
It's taken 27 long years, but a jury here in Britain concluded today
that the 96 Liverpool football fans, who died in the Hillsborough stadium
disaster in 1989, were unlawfully killed.
The jury in the longest-running inquest in British history also
decided that the police officer in charge was responsible
for manslaughter by gross negligence and that the fans themselves,
who were crushed on the terraces, were not to blame.
Families of the victims say the conclusion vindicates
Let's go live to Warrington now to Ben Brown.
Hello from Warrington. It has been an extraordinary day here, where
legal history has been made. Because the jury of six women and three men
decided that the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough stadium
back in 1989 were unlawfully killed. When that conclusion was read out in
court hearing Warrington, there were cheers from family members. There
was applause as well from them. They hugged each other and there were
cries of alleluia. The jury blamed police preparations before the game
for the disaster and they blamed police and ambulance services for
the emergency response after the disaster as well. The jury decided
that the Liverpool fans who were at Hillsborough, the lettings Lane end
of the ground, were in no way to blame for the crash at that end
which led to the death of 96 fans. The youngest was aged ten and the
eldest, 67. Judith Moritz was in court to hear the jury's decisions.
Basing it on the Kop and today they sang it in court. -- they sing it.
Mothers in tears and weeping. Justice! This is what the decisions
mean to the families. Now do they believe us? Unlawful. They have been
haunted by Hillsborough for 27 years. We have been knocked back
that many times. It is just, I do not know. I am overwhelmed. They
still feel the pain of April 19 89. COMMENTATOR On a clear sunny day in
Hillsborough the stage is set for a rerun of the classic last year. We
were excited about the game and a couple of hours later, both my
children were dead. Horrible scenes. I have no way of knowing how many
casualties we have but they are considerable. We saw faces against
the fence and people saying to you, Bruce, can you help us, they are
killing us. We have people being carried away on stretchers. I
remember saying over and over again, please breathe. I cannot stress
enough the serious nature of what has happened today. Unfortunately we
have witnessed a tragedy. James Gary Aspinall. Paul William Carlisle. 96
lives ended and countless more were shattered. From one day of disaster
came years of grief, trauma and anger. They called for justice. Now
they have been heard. The families have always felt the match commander
David Duckenfield failed to keep the fans saved and now the jury agreed,
saying his mistakes were so serious that supporters were unlawfully
killed. Outside the ground, thousands of fans gathered. The jury
decided the police lost control. David Duckenfield ordered a large
gate to be opened to let them in and the jury said commanding officers
should have closed the tunnel to the terraces and because they didn't,
people were crushed to death. Chief Superintendant Duckenfield later
lied and said the fans forced the gate. It was more than one quarter
of a century before he admitted his mistakes before these inquests.
David Duckenfield sat in the witness box next to the families bereaved by
Hillsborough. The man paid to protect the fans and who chose
instead to blame them. For the first time he admitted his lie and
apologise for his mistakes will stop some relatives sobbed. Finding it
too much to bear after so many years. My name is Charlotte Hennessy
and I lost my dad Jimmy in the disaster. Charlotte was six when she
lost her father at Hillsborough. No parent herself, after the apology
she recorded her reaction on a video diary for the BBC. I can
categorically say now that I do not accept your apology, David
Duckenfield. I do not accept it will stop you live a life or 26 years.
That is beyond cruel. One grieving father waited outside court that day
to seize the chance to confront the commander himself. Today he said he
had achieved justice for his son. I went with him that day and I took my
mobile and this may sound daft but I sat on the stone next to him and I
played you will never walk alone to him. Today some families call for
the resignation of the current Chief Constable of South Yorkshire and.
The force failed the victims and failed their families. Today, as I
have said before, I would like to apologise unreservedly to the
families and those affected. The jury said lives were lost because
the ambulance service did not declare a major incident. Today the
service apologise. Tony Edwards was one of the only medics to make it
onto the pitch without back-up support. If it had been dealt with
properly I would not have been alone, there would have been other
ambulance crews there, we could've stayed on the pitch and it could
have been completely different and we have said that for years and now
we are looking at properly. There was a vindication for survivors and
fans who the jury say played no part in causing the disaster. They died
around us and sadly some of them beneath us. We carried them on the
pitch, we were there with them in their final moments. We were
predominantly trying to save their lives. 96 men, women and children as
young as ten lost their lives. The coroner told their families they
could have done no more. Before today, Justice for the 96 was a
battle cry and now it is being sung in victory.
That campaign for justice for the 96 has been a very long one. 27 years
is how long the families of the dead have waited for the findings they
got today at Warrington coroner 's court. Very different from the
original inquests back in 1991 when the verdict was accidental death.
Today the decision of the jury was unlawful killing and they found the
mistakes in judgment made by the police commander, the match
commander, Chief superintendent David duck and field on the day
amounted to gross negligence. The South Yorkshire 's fourth admitted
their policing today, on that day on April 15, 1989 had gone
catastrophically wrong. Lucy Manning reports.
Like today's fans they were going to a game and then home but too many
Liverpool supporters did not make it. Let down by the police who
should have protected them. The emergency services could have saved
them and the ground was supposed to be safe. By opening that date, they
were... Tony was a steward inside the ground and this is his first
interview about what happened at Hillsborough. What did you make of
police behaviour on the day? They were disorganised. Nobody knew who
was in charge to start with. I saw police stood there talking about
people laid on the floor. I saw police not do nothing. The failures
started early on outside. Not enough turnstiles and police officers were
here. Radios were not working and inexperienced match commander and a
ground without a valid safety certificate. As the fans started to
be crushed outside the ground, the disastrous fateful decision was
taken to open the gate. That situation got out of hand early
doors. A responsible police officer would have looked at it, assessed
the situation and done something about it prior to the build-up.
William Crawford was a police sergeant working by the lettings
Lane end. All it needed was someone to pass me a message and say, we are
going to open the gate, close the tunnel. We were overwhelmed that
day. Despite a clear view from the police control box, senior officers
did little. The commander called for police dogs for ambulances. The jury
found not only did the police caused the tragedy but then they did not do
enough to save fans. I really felt mad. Because I had actually seen
police pushing people back into the crowd. And I told police I have seen
this and saw them hitting them with truncheons as they were climbing.
They said, it was a mistake and I must have been seeing things. That
had eaten me up for a long time. Some police did help. Doug Earlswood
one year out of training when he tried to rescue fans and others
failed them. How do you feel senior officers behaved? I did see two at
the fence. But they had just frozen. And I shouted, I do not remember...
Some police stood still, lined across the police -- pitch to stop
any violence. But fans were not fighting. They were dying. I thought
we were very light on manpower at this end. More than 200 April raised
concerns afterwards and found their account had been changed. -- people.
I had been assured that paragraph had been deleted and it was removed
because there was criticism. But serious criticism from the jury and
also South Yorkshire and is the. 'S errors cost lives. Only three
ambulances made it onto the pitch, one, one hour after the disaster and
most queued up outside. Peter Wells was one of the volunteers with the
St John's ambulance. What about South Yorkshire ambulance and their
staff? They were there but I never saw them on the ground. When I got
to the fence it was so obvious people were in trouble. I think
anybody trained or otherwise, anybody who saw it would have seen
instantly they were in trouble and needed treatment. As Peter on the
left was pictured running down the pitch to save people, professional
ambulance staff failed to immediately declare a major
incident. This was a ground, the jury decided, that even before the
game just was not safe. Sheffield Wednesday said football grounds have
now changed. Rod Smith was part of the safety investigation team after
the disaster. Within half an hour of walking around the ground, I saw so
many obvious deficiencies that did not need rules to tell you it was
deficient, because common sense would have told you, that is
dangerous, that needs to be, something needs to be done about
that. Those there that day who did help, it stays with them. There were
two guys at the front and I was convinced they had died. Their eyes
rolled up into their heads and I thought they had gone. It was not
until I went to Warrington afterwards I found out they both
survive. You only found out at the inquest? I went 25 years without
knowing. A lot of people are injured and some are very concerned for
their friends. Tony Romo as those they help, more than one dozen and
those he could not save. -- remembers those. I picked him up and
carried him in my arms. I was pinching his ear and talking to him
and telling him I hope someone is waiting for him up in heaven. I
never found out where they were. It was so upsetting to know, because
most of the people, I know their names. The inquest at Warrington
coroner 's Court lasted for two years, the longest legal proceedings
in British legal history. As well as the inquest there are two separate
criminal investigations now into the Hillsborough disaster. After the
decision by the jury the 96 fans were unlawfully killed very and
expectation now there will be criminal charges. -- killed
unlawfully and there is an expectation now.
It's another "Super Tuesday" of voting in the United States.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to increase
their respective leads in the Democratic and Republican
races for the presidential nominations in the latest
Voting is taking place in five north-eastern states,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut
Polls close in just under six hours time, with results
Let's go to a polling station in Maryland.
Laura Bicker is at Westland middle school in Bethesda.
All north-eastern states. First, the Democratic race, how soon might this
all be sewn up? In the next 24 hours for Hillary Clinton she will hope
that it will certainly be clear that she will be on a path to the
nomination. Bernie Sanders, his language in the last few days has
changed ever so slightly. He said at the start he was going to take this
all the way to the Democratic convention floor in July. The other
day he said, we will take it to the all the primaries at the end of
June. He talked about the effect he has had on Hillary Clinton's
campaign. For example, in the last two Daisy has brought in a new
campaign advert, similar to Bernie Sanders, it has music and talks
about her with love and kindness. It sees in a more human light, hugging
and talking to voters. That is the kind of image she is trying to
project. And as she goes up against the Republican Dominik Kohr whoever
that is, that is what she will try and get across. -- Republican
nominee, whoever that is. Hillary Clinton can come across as quite
unpopular. Certainly among Bernie Sanders voters. They will say, maybe
we will not vote rather than vote for Hillary Clinton. She could have
a battle ahead even if she gets the nomination in the next 24 hours. And
Mr Trump's path remains a little more uncertain for the Republicans.
We are still watching and waiting. We have pens and paper 's and it is
like sitting a maths exam. That is what it comes down to. Donald Trump
needs 1237 delegates in his pocket. He is getting closer to the finish
but it is not clear he will get there. In the next 24 hours he might
edge a little closer. That is because polling suggests he is way
ahead in all five states. But as we have seen, Ted Cruz, John Basic,
they are trying to pull resources and look at states where they might
persuade voters who may go one way or the other to vote for the
candidate who has the most chance of winning. Will it work? It plays into
the narrative of Donald Trump. He said the contest, the Republican
contest is rigged. And by colluding together, in his words, certainly it
looks like it plays into his hands. We will have to watch and see how
any delegates he gets and how much closer it gets into the magic
number. Laura, thank you very much, in Melligan. -- Maryland. We will
bring it all together for you live from Washington and then we will
have the results on our bulletins from midnight tonight.
30 years ago today, a disaster was unfolding on the western edge
A meltdown at the Chernobyl reactor in what is now Ukraine,
blew off its roof and sent a cloud of radioactive
About 30 people died in the initial accident,
but the United Nations estimates that thousands could ultimately be
Chernobyl isn't just a historic event for Ukraine.
The disaster for which the president led tributes today still affects
And it has shaped government policy and our opinions of nuclear safety.
Anger is growing in the West over the way the Russians
The picture showed damage to the corner of only one
building and no evidence of any continuing fire.
The Soviet authorities' attempt to cover up
the leakage of radioactive material ultimately failed.
And probably sped up the downfall of the Soviet Union.
Andrei, a worker at Chernobyl, heard the explosions.
But he only knew it was something serious when he saw
You could see the bright light in the place where
And I realised it was the glowing core of the reactor.
Then I think I fully realised that it was not an accident,
Even now the city next to the plant, built for the workers
and their families, is an eerie reminder.
And toys and shoes at the nursery, left behind when a whole population
You can see the beds where the children could sleep
And then round here is the play area.
The fact that so many things in an entire city have barely been
touched for 30 years gives you a sense of how unique
But 180 people, including Valentina, and her dog Dana,
still live in Chernobyl's 30 kilometre exclusion zone.
TRANSLATION: Our family was scattered all over Ukraine.
But my husband and I decided that staying here was best.
This multi-million pound international project to build
a giant shield over the reactor, so a huge amount of radio
material still inside can be removed, continues.
The legacy of the Chernobyl disaster is very real 30 years on.
Now a look at some of the day's other news...
Mitsubishi Motors has said it has used fuel consumption tests that
broke Japanese rules, for the past 25 years.
The admission follows last week's revelation that it had falsified
fuel economy data for four "minicar" models, sold only in Japan.
It means many more models may have used fuel tests that did not comply
The sister of the musician Prince has said that he has
Tyka Nelson has requested that a special administrator be appointed
to oversee his estate in order to manage the late star's
Prince died at the age of 57 on Thursday at his estate
A Dutchman who became known as the "horror dentist"
in the French media has been jailed for eight years, for deliberately
mutilating the mouths of more than 100 patients.
Jacobus van Nierop ripped out healthy teeth and left dozens
of patients with injuries including broken jaws, abscesses
His victims from the small central town of Chateau-Chinon came together
From Paris, Lucy Williamson has more.
For years he was hiding behind a white coast. The man nicknamed the
dentist of horror entered court for the last time, still hiding. He had
been sent to save the teeth of villagers and instead he drugged his
patience and mutilated them while they slept in his chair. Among these
villagers he spread pain and injury, ripping out healthy teeth, breaking
jaws. One woman said she lost eight teeth in a single appointment and
was left gushing lard. Nicole led the campaign to bring him to court.
She went in for a simple filling and left without two teeth. TRANSLATION:
There were various different cases, including burst glands, sinuses,
cheeks stitched the guns and dressings and dentist tools left
inside guns. When we checked we were under anaesthetic for up to six
hours and we were unconscious. Nicole was among those at the
hearing to hear the verdict. Guilty of aggravated assault and fraud. The
sentence of eight years in prison and a fine of 10,000 euros. He
believed he was above the law, a lawless man. Now he learns French
law exist, as he has been sentenced to eight years. We are happy because
we thought he would get less. Prosecutors said that Jacobus van
Nierop enjoyed causing pain but also he was financially motivated,
claiming insurance for procedures is patients did not need. At his trial
he said he was not interested in people and could not remember his
patients. As one of them remarked after the verdict today, he will
have time to think about us now. Lots more on all of those stories on
the BBC website and I am on Twitter. From me and the rest of the team,
thank you for being with us.