Prosecutors have come under fire after an evangelical preacher was cleared of charges linked to an anti-Islamic sermon.

The Public Prosecution Service is facing growing calls to explain why it dragged Pastor James McConnell to court in a case estimated to have cost the public purse up to £50,000.

The 78-year-old walked free yesterday after a judge found him not guilty of two offences linked to an address delivered at his north Belfast church in May 2014.

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