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Tony Blair accused over Collusion

28 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly has accused the British Prime Minister Tony Blair of 'deliberately dodging the issue of collusion'. Mr. Kelly's remarks come after the British Prime Minister in the House of Commons today again refused to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

Mr Kelly said:

" Tony Blair today in the British House of Commons again refused to hold an independent, international inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. He is quite deliberately dodging the issue of collusion and the state sanctioned murder of citizens.

" Again Mr. Blair gives the rational for refusing to hold an inquiry as being the charges currently being faced by Ken Barrett in relation to the murder. This despite the fact that he proceeded with publishing the IMC Report last week despite charges being before the courts on a number of the incidents contained within it.

" Ken Barrett will faced trial before a Diplock Court. For decades the British government have repeated the line that Diplock judges could not be influenced by external issues. Indeed the British government repeated this line in the High Court last week at an application to have the IMC Report stalled.

" Tony Blair cannot have it all ways. He will have to faced up to the legacy of previous British administrations involvement in a policy of state sanctioned murder. He will have to face up to the challenge presented by the fact that many of the people involved in that policy are still in place. He cannot continue to dodge this issue." ENDS

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