source: Express & Star
published: 21 October 2015
The decision by Louise Hull, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, has been welcomed by bereaved relatives of the 1974 attacks. Twenty one people were killed and 182 injured when suspected IRA bombs exploded in two city centre pubs on November 21 1974.
Six men wrongly convicted of the murders – the Birmingham Six – were released in 1991 after their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.
An inquest opened days after the bombings was closed without hearing evidence in 1975 in response to the guilty verdicts.
Campaign group Justice 4 the 21, which represents relatives of a number of the victims, has long been calling for a new inquest to be ordered.
The hearing will be convened in February next year and will focus on legal arguments about whether the senior coroner is empowered to resume the original inquest. A decision from Ms Hull is expected two weeks later.