Gerry Kelly cleared over Maze escape comment

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly

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The Assembly Commissioner for Standards has cleared Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly of claims that he said a prison officer deserved to be shot during the 1983 Maze breakout.

Commissioner Douglas Bain reviewed comments by the MLA on the Nolan Show in October and concluded: “It may be that from the standpoint of an escapee the officer did deserve to be shot...[but] Mr Kelly does not in the comment he actually made express a view on whether or not the officer deserved to be shot.”

TUV leader Jim Allister described the finding as “incredible”.