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IRA reports 'not contempt'

ITN and four newspapers were not guilty of contempt in referring to the previous conviction of IRA terrorist Paul Magee, the High Court ruled yesterday.

An application to fine ITN and Associated Newspapers, News (UK) Ltd, Express Newspapers and Westminster Press Ltd - publishers respectively of the Daily Mail, Today, the Daily Express and the Northern Echo - was rejected.

The court said mentioning his conviction for the murder of an SAS captain did not create a substantial risk of seriously prejudicing the course of justice at his trial for the murder of a special constable.