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No excuse for delay in Finucane Inquiry

16 September, 2004


Speaking after the sentencing of Ken Barrett in Belfast Crown Court verdict today in of for the murder of Catholic solicitor Pat Finucane Sinn Fein's spokesperson on Policing and Justice, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said:

"For over 30 years the institutional use of collusion has led to the deaths of hundreds of people, and the terrorising of the entire nationalist community. The case of Pat Finucane goes to the heart of this issue and is why successive British Governments have been so determined to block an independent Public Inquiry into his murder.

"The trial of Ken Barrett was used as an excuse to obstruct the recommendation of Judge Cory who recommended the establishment of a Public Inquiry into Pat Finucane's death. This bogus excuse, which was always a red heron, can no longer be used as a reason for denying full disclosure of the truth".

"Ken Barrett was a member of the UDA, an organisation which was controlled by agents like Brian Nelson who themselves were directed by British Intelligence, FRU, MI5 and Special Branch in a campaign of State sponsored murder. The sentencing today of Ken Barrett exposes yet again the murky underbelly of British Collusion with unionist paramilitaries and a full independent public inquiry must now be carried out into the murder of Pat Finucane." ENDS

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