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uk news bulletin: Victory for jailed fan fighting for pardon.

CALLS were made last night for jailed Liverpool fan Michael Shields "to be set free by Christmas" after he won a dramatic landmark High Court victory.

Shields, now 22, is serving 10 years for the attempted murder of a barman in Varna, Bulgaria, in 2005. MPs, clergymen, Liverpool FC players and many others have backed the call to free him on the basis that he is innocent.

Another fan, Graham Sankey, signed a confession - later retracted - that he was the man responsible.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw said he lacked the power to exercise the royal prerogative to grant Shields a free pardon because he had been sentenced abroad. But Lord Justice May and Mr Justice Maddison said yesterday that Mr Straw did have that power.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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