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Murphy accuses British of double standards over Inquiries

13 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly group leader Conor Murphy has accused the British government of operating quite shocking double standards in their approach to the Finucane case and their approach to the workings of the IMC.

Mr Murphy said:

"The British government are steadfastly refusing to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. They base this position on the fact that a man is currently awaiting trial for the murder and that any outside inquiry would jeopardise his chance of a fair trial. This is an unacceptable position and it is Sinn Féin's position that an independent, international inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane should proceed without further delay.

"Yet when it comes to the workings of the IMC the British government have demanded that they produce a report into the incident involving Bobby Tohill and make it public despite that fact that four men are awaiting trial relating to that matter.

"The double standards in operation are very obvious for all to see. The British government cannot have it both ways. They either believe that an outside inquiry into an incident jeopardises a trial or they don't." ENDS

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