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The Cardiff Five (First Edition)

Innocent Beyond Any Doubt

by Satish Sekar, Foreword by Michael Mansfield QC


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*There is a newer edition of this book available: Cardiff Five ed2.

Satish Sekar shows how a miscarriage of justice destroyed families, divided communities and undermined confidence in the criminal justice system. The Cardiff Five case is the first example in the UK of a homicide in which the original suspects were vindicated by the conviction of the true killer in the DNA age. By then, they had shared 16 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. Based on a 20 year quest for the truth; Scrutinises this disturbing case from day one; A wake-up call for British justice; Calls for a fully independent judicial inquiry. Takes the reader from the sadistic killing of a prostitute in Butetown, Cardiff in 1988 to the end of 2011 when aspects of the case were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate in the aftermath of the acquittal of a number of police officers and civilians facing conspiracy charges.


‘Mr Sekar’s passion for the case is apparent throughout this book. The stories of the Cardiff Five and the other cases to which he refers are incredibly important…It is critical there be transparency and open reporting of such cases and this book adds to the growing pile of publications that have been written and need to be written so that we do not become complacent and accept that miscarriages of justice are simply a cost of the investigation of crime’: Dr Anna Sandiford, The Forensic Group
‘One of the most important books ever written about criminal justice’: Michael Mansfield QC
‘As the local MP I came to respect and admire Satish Sekar’s thoroughness and persistence’: Alun Michael
‘No-one is better suited to explaining and unravelling the complexities’: Duncan Campbell
‘Tireless work and extraordinary insight’: Bob Woffinden
‘An excellent read – puts across the criticisms of not only the original police investigation but the tariff system in a very balanced and informed manner at the website’: James Dunn, Bucks New University.


Satish Sekar is a freelance journalist and researcher. His work includes that for the feature film ‘In the Name of the Father’ (about the Guildford Four) and TV and radio programmes such as Panorama, Trial and Error, Law in Action, Today and Channel 4 News. He has written for the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers as well as the satirical magazine Private Eye. A consultant on forensic issues, he has been involved in various high profile issues, including police reform, complaints against the police and the use of DNA-testing and DNA-databases. He lives in North London.

*There is a newer edition of this book available: Cardiff Five ed2.

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Weight303 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 12 mm

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Michael Mansfield QC


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