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Barry George, the man who was wrongly jailed and served eight years for Jill Dando's murder, has spoken of his hope to see her killer face justice.
He told ITV's Daybreak: "First, as strange as it might seem, for her family because obviously they have been wronged and they've not been, I believe although I can't be positive, that they've not been told all the truth of the matter of what's happened. They've probably been deceived a little."
Miss Dando was shot dead outside her home in Fulham, west London, in April 1999.
After his conviction in July 2001, Mr George, of Fulham, was acquitted of killing the 37-year-old BBC presenter at a retrial in August 2008.
Barry George's sister Michelle Diskin has described the High Court's decision to halt her brother's compensation bid was a "travesty of justice".
There never was any viable evidence against Barry.
This whole case from April 2000 until today has been a smoke and mirrors exercise designed to placate a worried public, and give the impression that justice had been done.
Well neither the Dando family, nor our family, has seen any justice in the past 13 years.
Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, has lost his legal battle for compensation as a victim of a "'miscarriage of justice".
The latest legal move at the Court of Appeal followed the dismissal of his claim by two High Court judges in January.
Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Irwin had rejected his claim that the Justice Secretary unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".
They ruled that the Secretary of State was "entirely justified in the conclusion he reached".
Lord Justice Richards, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London, today rejected an application by Mr George for permission to challenge the January decision.
He announced that the 53-year-old - who was present in court for the ruling - had "no realistic prospects" of success on appeal.
Mr George went to the High Court seeking a reconsideration of his case which could have opened the way for him to claim an award of up to £500,000 for lost earnings and wrongful imprisonment.
Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, today lost the latest round of his legal battle for compensation as a victim of a "miscarriage of justice".
The decision to refuse compensation was "defective and contrary to natural justice", according to Ian Glen QC, who was representing Barry George.
Despite Mr George's unanimous acquittal by a jury at his retrial, a Ministry of Justice "functionary" had unfairly and unlawfully decided he was "not innocent enough to be compensated".
Mr Glen said that for more than 30 years those acquitted on retrials in similar circumstances had been compensated.
He said: "We are not sure when the policy was changed or whether it was affected by the Barry George case."
The position seemed to have changed in 2008, the year Mr George was acquitted, Mr Glen added.
Barry George's solicitor, Nick Baird, said: "We are very disappointed with the judgement and we shall be applying for permission to leapfrog the Court of Appeal to have the matter heard before the Supreme Court."
Mr George, 52, came to court to seek a reconsideration of his case which could have opened the way for him to claim an award of up to £500,000 for lost earnings and wrongful imprisonment. But the judges ruled that he had "failed the legal test" to receive an award.