BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Gerry Conlon, who was imprisoned unjustly for an IRA bombing and inspired an Oscar-nominated film, has died. His family says he died Saturday at his Belfast home following a long battle with cancer.
The 60-year-old Conlon was a central figure in one of Britain’s greatest miscarriages of justice. He and three others were convicted and sentenced to life for the 1974 bombing of a pub in Guildford, near London, that killed five people.
Conlon protested his innocence, a position vindicated in 1989 when the so-called Guildford Four were exonerated and freed. By then his father Giuseppe, convicted of an alleged lesser role in the bombing, had already died behind bars.
Conlon’s autobiography, “Proved Innocent,” was the basis for 1993’s “In the Name of the Father” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Conlon.
By The Associated Press