By Sam McBride, Belfast Telegraph, Jan. 8, 2024

A senior judge has thrown out a “scandalous” attempt by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly to claim he should be compensated by a Belfast Telegraph columnist who said that the Sinn Féin MLA shot a prison warder in the head.

In the latest blow to Sinn Féin’s flurry of libel actions against the media, Master Bell delivered a withering rejection of the North Belfast MLA’s claim, throwing it out before trial and awarding substantial legal costs against the top republican.

The judge found that Mr Kelly was someone who a right-thinking person would view as having “lost his moral compass” because he had exploded car bombs in the centre of London, something he defends to this day.

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