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Acting Isle of Man attorney general is sworn in

The island's acting attorney general, John Quinn has been sworn in during a private ceremony at Government House.

Mr Quinn's Warrant of Appointment was presented by the Lieutenant Governor, Mr Adam Wood.

He has been appointed to the role for 12 months in place of Stephen Harding, who was suspended last year.

Mr Harding, 50, who has held the position since November 2010, was suspended on 3 October after appearing in court to face criminal charges.

He is currently on bail facing six charges - including three counts of forgery.

A government spokesman said Mr Harding, who earns in the region of £160,000 a year, has been suspended on full pay.

The attorney general is appointed by the Queen although the salary is paid by Manx taxpayers.

Deemster David Doyle said: "The attorney general plays a fundamental role within the Isle of Man's constitution as a modern democratic community which respects the rule of law, the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, access to justice and human rights and responsibilities.

"I am sure Mr Quinn is well aware of these important constitutional principles and will ensure government upholds them and that the Island's local and international interests are well protected."

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