Charges dropped against Attorney General - but Stephen Harding remains suspended

Attorney General Stephen Harding

Attorney General Stephen Harding

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Attorney General Stephen Harding returned to court this afternoon (Monday) to be formally cleared of all charges.

Deemster Alastair Montgomerie formally recorded not guilty verdicts in respect of the two counts that Mr Harding had faced – perjury and committing acts against public justice – after the prosecution told the court it would not seek a second retrial.

The prosecution decided to offer no evidence after two juries were discharged having failed to reach verdicts on either of the two counts.

Outside the court, Mr Harding told iomtoday: ‘I’m very relieved. It has been extraordinarily distressing for myself and my family. Now I need a period of quiet reflection.’

However, this is not entirely the end of the matter for the Attorney General who has been told he remains suspended pending possible disciplinary proceedings.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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