Hain contempt case stopped

A contempt of court case taken against British Labour MP Peter Hain over criticisms he made of a judge in the North will not proceed, the High Court in Belfast ruled today.

Controversial comments in the former Northern Ireland secretary’s autobiography, criticising a judge’s ruling, sparked the legal action by the region’s Attorney General John Larkin QC.

A compromise was struck by Mr Larkin and a lawyer for Mr Hain which resulted in the case being effectively set aside.

Mr Larkin promised not to initiate fresh proceedings on the same evidence.


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