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    FILE - In this April 15, 1989 file photo police, stewards and supporters tend and care for wounded supporters on the field at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, England.

    Cameron Welcomes Verdict on 'Unlawful Killing' of 96 People at UK Stadium

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    UK Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed in a statement on Tuesday the verdict of an inquest jury ruling that the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield was an unlawful killing, but not an accident as previously stated.

    LONDON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the inquest jury ruled that the Hillsborough disaster, which resulted in the death of 96 people, was caused by police failures, with the victims being unlawfully killed. The jury also rejected the outcomes of an initial investigation claiming that the fans were in any way responsible for the deaths.

    "Today is a landmark moment in the quest for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who died on that dreadful day in April 1989. All families and survivors now have official confirmation of what they always knew was the case, that the Liverpool fans were utterly blameless in the disaster that unfolded at Hillsborough," Cameron said as quoted by the statement published on the UK government's website.

    The jury ruling will reportedly allow for criminal investigations to be opened against a group of officials suspected of gross negligence and manslaughter in connection with the incident.

    UK Home Secretary Theresa May is due to address the parliament on the verdict on Wednesday and announce the government's actions in response to the inquest jury's ruling.


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