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AG inquiry cost tax payer £2.5million

Harding investigation costs disclosed in Tynwald

The investigation into allegations of perjury by the Island's former Attorney General has cost the tax payer more than £2.5 million.

Treasury Minister Alf Cannan revealed the figure for Operation Leopard in response to a Tynwald question for written answer.

Stephen Harding was also accused of committing acts against public justice relating to the winding-up of Island firm Street Heritage in 2010.

He faced two criminal trials in the Manx court in 2013 and 2014, and was formally cleared in 2014.

Total costs for the inquiry - which took more than three years - are understood to be £2,563,051.

The investigation followed a reprimand issued by the Advocates Disciplinary Tribunal regarding Mr Harding's conduct as Government Advocate in 2010.

Mr Harding retired on grounds of ill health in September 2015.  


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