The Public Prosecution Service is behaving in an "authoritarian manner" and is undermining freedom of speech by prosecuting Pastor James McConnell for his comments on Islam, the National Secular Society has said.

The society has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Barra McGrory raising "serious concern" and legal questions about the decision to prosecute the firebrand evangelical preacher.

The Belfast Telegraph yesterday revealed that the main witness in the prosecution case is set to be Dr Raied Al-Wazzan of the Belfast Islamic Centre, who earlier this year praised Islamic State for being a positive force in Mosul, his home city in Iraq.

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