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Belfast based law firm KRW Law takes case against The Sun

Solicitor Kevin Winters

A Belfast-based law firm is taking libel action over a national newspaper reports on Troubles-related litigation against former British soldiers.

Partners in KRW Law contend they were defamed in articles by The Sun which referred to allegations of a "witch hunt" probe into killings by ex-servicemen.

The action against News Group Newspapers has been listed for a two-week trial due to begin at the High Court next month.

Proceedings centre on reports published either online or in a print edition of The Sun back in 2016.

Those articles related to criminal investigations, civil litigation and

inquests into deaths caused by British troops during the conflict in

Northern Ireland.

KRW Law's partners, Kevin Winters, Niall Murphy, Joe McVeigh, Gerard

McNamara and Paul Pierce, have instructed Frank O'Donoghue KC to represent them in the court battle.

Witnesses set to give evidence on behalf of the plaintiffs include murdered

Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane's widow Geraldine Finucane, investigative

journalist John Ware, and campaigner Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine

was among 21 people killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.

Representatives of the Northern Ireland Law Society, the Committee on the

Administration of Justice and Human Rights First are also expected to


With News Group claiming justification as part of its defence, the company

has enlisted Tony McGleenan KC to fight the lawsuit.

At a review hearing yesterday, Mr McGleenan told the court that a request for

discovery has been made on financial information in a series of cases and

Police Ombudsman investigations.

Mr Justice Kinney issued a direction for the plaintiffs to respond to the

queries by January 30.


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