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British Government insult Finucane family – Gerry Kelly

11 October, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly has slammed the British Government’s reneging on an inquiry into the murder of Human Rights Lawyer Pat Finucane as an insult to the family.

“After a period of engagement between the Finucane family and the British Government in which a review of the evidence was never on the table or proposed as a solution, the offer of this is an extreme act of bad faith

"It is in the interest of everyone in our society, including all who seek to engender public confidence in the new beginning to policing and justice, that an effective, independent inquiry is held into the killing of Pat Finucane by agents of the State."

"The Finucane family command respect and goodwill for the dignity and determination which they have shown during the last 22 years. Their campaign for an inquiry has won support across the world because of the way in which it has been conducted and the concerns it raises.

"The British establishment has always resisted an inquiry despite giving earlier commitments to conduct one. As far back as 2001, the British government gave commitments to the Finucane family at Weston Park which they later reneged upon.

"The reality is that the killing of Pat Finucane in 1989 by agents of the British state reflects the nature of the conflict which was conducted in our country. It reflects upon the British system for guiding, directing and controlling the conflict and many of those killed during it.

“The remnants of that system are still around today. In fact, there are cases before the courts even now which show how the system of Special Branch controllers, handlers and agents has had a septic effect on policing and justice, even in recent times.

“Throughout negotiations with the British government, Sinn Féin has supported the demands of the Finucane family as we have the demands of many other families, not as concessions but as entitlements and we will continue to do so.” CRíOCH/END

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