Freshwater part 1: are the wrong men in jail?

Freshwater part 1: are the wrong men in jail?

The Guardian

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In 2011 five men were sentenced to a total of 104 years in the UK for conspiracy to import £53m (A$96m) worth of cocaine. They have always said they are innocent. Now, with new evidence to be put before the England and Wales court of appeal in London, the Guardian investigates the case of the Freshwater Five

On the morning of 31 May 2010 a lobster fisher was pulling up his pots in Freshwater Bay by the Isle of Wight in England when he noticed something unusual in the distance. As he got closer he realised that some bags had become tangled in rope and pulled one into his boat. He opened it up and inside he discovered a further sealed bag full of white powder. He called the coastguard and would later find out that this was part of a 250kg haul of cocaine that would lead to the convictions of five men: the Freshwater Five.

The five men (pictured here) – Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Zoran Dresic, Daniel Payne and Scott Birtwistle – were sentenced to a total of 104 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed.

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