The Criminal Cases Review Commission has today informed Jeremy Bamber that it has reached a provisional decision not to refer his murder convictions to the Court of Appeal. Mr Bamber and his legal team have been sent a Provisional Statement of Reasons.
This is an 89-page document setting out in detail the Commission’s analysis of the case and the reasons for the provisional decision. As is usual with Commission cases reaching this stage, Mr Bamber and his team have been invited to respond to the Commission’s case analysis and the reasons for its provisional decision. Given the lengthy and highly complex nature of the case, we have given Mr Bamber and his team three months in which to respond to our provisional decision (usually the period for a case of this type is 40 working days).
The Commission will then consider whatever representations it receives from Mr Bamber and his team before making a final decision on whether or nor to refer the case for a fresh appeal hearing.
The Provisional Statement of Reasons expresses the Commission’s provisional conclusions on all the major points and arguments raised by Mr Bamber and his team during this and earlier reviews in relation to the safety of his 1985 murder convictions.
The Commission is now waiting for any further submissions from Mr Bamber before any final decision is made. It would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment further.
This press release was issued by
Head of Communication,
Criminal Cases Review Commission,
Telephone: 0121 633 1800