Hillsborough investigators pass files on 23 suspects to the CPS : i NEWS.

Inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans found that they were unlawfully killed. (Photo: PA)

Inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans found that they were unlawfully killed. (Photo: PA)

Hillsborough investigators have passed files on 23 suspects to the Crown Prosecution Service on a landmark day in the families’ 27 year fight for justice.

The inquiries into the 1989 football tragedy by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Operation Resolve were launched to investigate events leading up to the day of the disaster and the alleged police cover up.

Inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final found last year that they were unlawfully killed and that they were not responsible for the tragedy.

A lawyer representing 20 of the Hillsborough families said yesterday they were relieved the investigation files had been handed to the CPS.

A statement from the two investigations said 15 of the suspects – who include individuals and organisations – relate to the probe into the causes of the disaster. Eight relate to the IPCC inquiry into the alleged police cover-up.

It will now be up to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether criminal charges should be brought.

Conducting an inquiry of this scale and complexity, while supporting the longest running inquests in British legal history, has been a significant undertaking for the IPCC. Our criminal investigation has now substantially concluded. Rachel Cerfontyne, deputy chair of the IPCC

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