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New revelation into Pat Finucane murder reaffirms need for public inquiry -Gerry Kelly

10 December, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the revelation that the RUC destroyed vital evidence in the Pat Finucane case, shows why there is a need for a public inquiry.

The North Belfast MLA and Sinn Féin policing spokesperson said:

“Clearly from reading this small part of the Stevens report the investigation carried out by the RUC into Pat Finucane’s killing was a disgrace.

“In this chapter terms like ‘inadequate, poor, evidence gone missing and no records being kept’ are all the terms that jump out of this revelation.

“Crucially when referring to the gun used in Pat’s Finucane’s killing and which was handed back to the British army, the report states that it was a ‘clear and deliberate decision’. Not an error or oversight but deliberate action that saw the destruction of crucial evidence.

“If ever a case cried out for a public inquiry, this is one. The British government need to abide by the commitment they made at Weston Park and hold a public inquiry into this murder, this latest revelation reaffirms that.”

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