Spectator referred to DPP over Lawrence article

Rod Liddle’s controversial comment piece on the Stephen Lawrence murder trial for the Spectator has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions by Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

A statement released by Grieve’s office today said: ‘After careful consideration of this serious matter the Attorney General has concluded that the article may amount to a breach of a court order made under section 82 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

‘A breach of such an order is a criminal offence under section 83 of that act.

“While a prosecution can be brought by the attorney general or with his consent, accepted practice is that such matters are more appropriately handled by the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] and the police.

‘In accordance with usual practice he has referred the matter to the DPP for consideration.

“It will be for the CPS to determine whether a criminal prosecution should be brought and that attorney has no role in its decision. His consent will have to be granted to a CPS decision to prosecute the matter, under s83 CJA 2003.”

The two defendants in the case, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris 35, deny murder.

The trial continues.

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