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British state acknowledges role in Finucane murder

28 September, 2004


Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness addressing the Ulster Fry event at the British Labour Party conference in Brighton has said that 'initial comments by the British Secretary of State, Paul Murphy, that much of the Inquiry will be in private to protect British national security is an incredible acknowledgement that the British state itself was intimately involved in the killing of Pat Finucane'.

Commenting on the approach of the British government to an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane, Mr McGuinness said:

"So far the delivery of commitments and obligations by this British government does not instil confidence in our electorate. The most recent example of this is the announcement of an Inquiry into the murder of Human Rights Lawyer, Pat Finucane. There are serious concerns that the British government's approach will not meet the demands of the Finucane family for a full independent judicial public inquiry into his murder."

"The British government's record on the issue of collusion between its agencies and unionist paramilitaries has been one of denial, concealment and cover up. The announcement of the British government's proposed inquiry into the Finucane murder has only served to reinforce the fear that its cover-up of the issue of collusion is set to continue. It is vital that the terms of reference for this inquiry are published immediately in order to address the doubts and concerns of the Finucane family and all those who support their demand for a full independent judicial public inquiry.

"The initial comments by the British Secretary of State, Paul Murphy, that much of the Inquiry will be in private to protect British national security is an incredible acknowledgement that the British state itself was intimately involved in the killing of Pat Finucane specifically and that the policy of collusion with loyalist death squads was a British government policy pursued in their national interest. In short the British State killed citizens in Ireland for national security reasons. This is a scandal of enormous proportion and it is as much in the interests of British democracy as it is of Irish freedom that this scandal is exposed to public scrutiny.

"The Finucane family's demand for a full independent, international Inquiry must be met and Sinn Féin will continue to support and be guided by the views of the Finucane family." ENDS

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