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Murphy statement demanded on Finucane Inquiry

11 October, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly has demanded that the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy give an explanation about the ongoing delay in publishing the terms of reference for the proposed inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane.

Mr Kelly said:

" Given the track record of successive British governments in concealing and covering-up their role in the murder of citizens through the state policy of collusion there is obvious concern at the continuing delay in publishing the terms of reference for the proposed inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

" Since the murder of Pat Finucane successive British governments have failed to allow the sort of independent inquiry which is acknowledged as the only mechanism which can reveal the truth to proceed. The time for full disclosure from the British government, its departments and agencies about their role in this killing has long since past.

" However the approach of the British government to this case in recent weeks has served to reinforce fears that the British policy of concealment is set to continue. I am demanding that the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy either publishes immediately the terms of reference for the proposed inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane or gives a public explanation of his failure to do so.

" It is only when these terms of reference are published that the Finucane family and those of us who support their demand for a full independent judicial public inquiry can assess whether the inquiry proposed will have the capacity to uncover the truth about British state involvement in this murder." ENDS

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