Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Gerry Conlon | Falsely imprisoned, 60

Gerry Conlon, 60, who was imprisoned unjustly for an Irish Republican Army bombing and inspired an Oscar-nominated film, died Sunday at his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, following a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Conlon became a central figure in one of Britain's greatest miscarriages of justice after he and three others were sentenced to life for the 1974 bombing of a pub in Guildford, near London, that killed five people.

Mr. Conlon insisted that police had tortured him into making a false confession. His position was vindicated in 1989 when the so-called Guildford Four were freed after a top judge ruled that police had fabricated the handwritten interrogation notes used to convict all four.

Mr. Conlon's autobiography, Proved Innocent, became the basis for the 1993 film In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It received seven Oscar nominations. - AP

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