Liverpool FC Brendan Rodgers gave away potential answer to Liverpool's problem position for just £500k Former Liverpool defender Conor … He said: “Back to Orwell Road when we were kids, you used to walk on your hands down our lobby three big steps on to the side and to the shop to get the paper for me Dar and back again on your hands. A deeply controversial decision that allowed two of the most dangerous men in Britain to walk free to continue their deadly trade could still come back to haunt the Leader of the Opposition. His extradition case and subsequent appeal was heard by both the Supreme and Constitutional courts in Portugal. Doubts were expressed by police and Customs and Excise officers as to the authenticity of the information that Haase and Bennett gave, and local Liverpool MP, Peter Kilfoyle campaigned for an investigation. 34-year-old caught after just over a year on the run, Get the inside track on the big stories from Liverpool Crown Court with our weekly newsletter. More damaging still, witnesses from within Haase's organisation now claim that bribes totalling £4.5 million were paid by criminals to officials involved with the case. I just hope that today the Minister can throw some real light on this sordid saga, so that I can explain to my constituents why it is that these people were allowed out. They will reveal that the pardon was granted on the recommendation of a judge after the criminals agreed to give information to Customs staff about vast arms caches across Liverpool. Michael Howard ordered their release, which took place on 4 July 1996, and they served less than a year of the sentence. Francis 'Franny' Bennett was caught by police on his third visit to the burning building to rescue the crop ... LIVERPOOL ECHO) The judge handed Bennett eight months in … But 11 months later they were granted a royal pardon by then home secretary Michael Howard on the advice of officials convinced their “cooperation” over the weapons find was genuine. He has nothing to hide and the papers will show that.'. No one’s getting through those Pearly Gates unless they’re a member.”, Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher paid tribute to Micky on social media as he tweeted: “Mickey Bennett a Liverpool Legend gets buried today. A Merseyside Police statement said: "A Merseyside man wanted by the courts having been convicted of conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine has today been caught and arrested by 'Titan', the North-west regional organised crime unit with the assistance of Merseyside Police. During 2003, it was widely reported that a drug dealer and associate of the two heroin smugglers, Simon Bakerman, who was a cousin of Michael Howard and who openly boasted of his relationship with him, had received a bribe of £400,000 from Haase, which may have been intended to be passed on to the politician. It is as if it just happened as an act of God. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. 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"Eleven other members of the wider organised crime group investigated by Titan were jailed for a total of 90 years on December 21, 2015 but Bennett failed to appear and a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest. He said that Howard had wanted to show he was an 'open and honest politician' and for this reason had authorised the disclosures. According to the family of Bennett, he rejected McAteer's sexual advances, which led to a rift between the two. The timing of the investigation could not be worse for Howard, but his aides will find it difficult to explain away the Met's decision as a Downing Street plot. 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He had visited Haase in prison earlier in 2004, and had obtained a sworn affidavit. Howard may now wish he had never acted. "', The former officer, who was talking on condition of anonymity, said it was now clear the decision was a dreadful mistake. Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to well-known Kirkdale figure Micky Bennett. 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