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Gerry Kelly cleared over Maze escape comment

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly

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”.

 

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