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Cory intervention increases pressure on British

5 April, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly has said that comments made today by Judge Cory increase the pressure on the British government to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

Mr Kelly said:

"Last week the British government announced that they would not hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane despite this demand being made by Judge Cory.

"The British government claim that an inquiry cannot take place because it would prejudice court proceedings against Ken Barrett who is currently awaiting trial. Judge Cory dismisses this argument and uses the British government's own rational for the existence of Diplock Courts as a basis for proceeding with an inquiry. The British government have consistently claimed that judges in Diplock courts were not influenced by outside considerations.

"The British government have also of course demanded that the IMC report on an incident in a Belfast bar. This despite the fact that four men are currently subject to charges relating to that incident.

"The double standards and contradictions in the position of the British government are obvious. They are deliberately attempting to conceal the truth around the policy of collusion and the murder of citizens. Judge Cory's remarks today increase the pressure on the British government to grasp the reality and end the policy of concealment and proceed with the inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane." ENDS

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