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Steven Avery: ‘Harry Potter’ star joins protest demanding Obama to reopen ‘Making a Murderer’ case

Steven Avery and Miriam Margolyes. AP Photo/Getty Images/Files

Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes joined a protest in London, England, over the weekend, demanding U.S. President Barack Obama reopen the case at the centre of the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer.

On Saturday, Londoners gathered outside the U.S. Embassy and Parliament Square in protest of the imprisonment of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.

Margolyes, the British actress who played Professor Sprout in the Potter franchise, called for the Making A Murderer case to reopened.

“I think they should sign the petition calling on President Obama to reopen the case, send letters to the boys in jail, to give them hope and cheer them up and do all they can to bring attention to the wider public,” the actress told British tabloid The Mirror.

Miriam Margoyles joins protesters in front of the US Embassy in London to call for the release of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, both jailed in connection with the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin. Rob Pinney/REX/Shutterstock

According to the newspaper, Saturday’s protest was the first major demonstration in the U.K. that stemmed from the show.

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“People have got to know what’s going on because this corruption and injustice affects everyone in every country,” Margolyes told U.K.’s Press Association.

Making a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series that follows the case of 53-year-old Wisconsin native Avery. He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole, for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

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Avery had previously been jailed for 18 years for a 1985 sexual assault and was exonerated in that case by DNA evidence discovered in 2003.

After his release from prison, Avery sued Manitowoc County for $36 million for wrongful conviction. Before the lawsuit was settled he was charged in the death of Halbach.

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were convicted in the death of Halbach in 2007. Both maintain their innocence.

According to The Mirror, Margolyes has been following the news about the case and has written to both Dassey and Avery.

“Nothing about this case stacks up, absolutely nothing, it is absolutely sickening to watch what has gone on here. In fact I would go as far as to say it is utterly wicked,” the actress previously told the newspaper. “I am not a lawyer in any way and I have watched the show like everyone else, but I can truthfully say I think the whole thing is absolutely sinister.

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“The Avery family have been a victim of the class system from start to finish, it is clear they have been treated like they were trash and by a group of people who were, in my opinion, colluding,” she said.

Photos from the protest show demonstrators holding placards and wearing shirts with “Justice for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.”

Protesters rally in front of the US Embassy in London to call for the release of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, both jailed in connection with the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin. Rob Pinney/REX/Shutterstock

Several people were also wearing orange prison garb.

Last month, Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, revealed that she and her legal team have identified a new suspect in the Teresa Halbach murder.

With files from Chris Jancelewicz

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