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British government must end refusal to hold Finucane inquiry - Kelly

12 May, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the British government must end its refusal to hold a full inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. 

Speaking following the start of a judicial review into the British government's failure to hold an inquiry, Mr Kelly said; 

"In 2001 at Weston Park the British and Irish governments agreed to an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. To date the British government has failed to implement the Weston Park agreement. 

"Since then British prime ministers have continually refused to hold an inquiry into the murder, despite extensive negotiations between the Finucane family and the British government. 

"Clearly the British government is afraid of what will emerge during such an inquiry and that’s why it’s continuing to deny the Finucane family their basic human rights by refusing an inquiry. 

"This was reinforced by the fact, which emerged during this judicial review, that senior British civil servants consider there is no basis for reneging on the commitment to the Finucane family. British government papers described Pat Finucane’s murder as worse than any event from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

"Hopefully this judicial review will be successful and the British government will finally fulfil its responsibility to the Finucane family.”

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