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Blair warned over stalling further Finucane Inquiry

2 November, 2004


Commenting in advance of tomorrows meeting between the British government and the Finucane family in London, Sinn Féin spokesperson on justice issues Gerry Kelly warned the British Prime Minister "that nationalists and republicans were watching very closely his government's every move on this issue and that he cannot continue to stall the establishment of a fully independent, international inquiry".

Mr Kelly said:

" The track record of successive British governments in dealing with the issue of collusion, and specifically the murder of Pat Finucane, has been one of concealment and cover-up.

"So far this British government has failed to allow the sort of independent inquiry demanded by the Finucane family and which is acknowledged as the only mechanism which can reveal the truth about the murder of Pat Finucane to proceed.

"The British government must publish immediately the terms of reference for the proposed inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane. This will allow the Finucane family and those of us who support their demand for a full independent judicial public inquiry to assess whether the inquiry proposed will have the capacity to uncover the truth about British state involvement in this murder.

"Tony Blair needs to realise that nationalists and republicans were watching very closely his government's every move on this issue and that he cannot continue to stall the establishment of a fully independent, international inquiry." ENDS

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