Second Stage

Part of Executive Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 11:30 am on 3rd March 2009.

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Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP 11:30 am, 3rd March 2009

I will speak through the Chair; I do not want to be chastised like I was yesterday. I want to elucidate the matter for the Member. Defamation can occur when somebody is wrongly accused.

However, truth can be a defence against defamation. Therefore, one person can defame another person, but, if he or she is speaking the truth, that can be used as a defence, in the same way as absolute privilege can be used as a defence in defamation proceedings.