McDowell invokes state immunity

Michael McDowell employed an state immunity defence in a libel action taken by the managing editor of the Andersonstown Newspaper Group Mairtin O’Muilleoir, on the basis that a remark made by the minister put him in danger of assassination. The judge has reserved his judgement. We may have a long wait to see this denoument of this one.

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