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British government must face its responsibilities over Finucane murder - Sheehan

26 June, 2015 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said today he is disappointed the family of Pat Finucane has lost a judicial review into the British government’s refusal to hold an inquiry into the murder of the human rights solicitor.

Pat Sheehan said:

"In 2001 at Weston Park the British and Irish governments agreed a number of inquiries into the killings of Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson, Billy Wright, Robert Hamill, Justice Gibson and RUC Superintendents Breen and Buchanan.

"To date the British government has refused to honour the Weston Park agreement by failing to hold the inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.  

"I am disappointed that the High Court has ruled against the Finucane family in their bid to make the British Government live up to their commitments.

"The recent Panorama and RTE programmes revealed that collusion between the British government, its intelligence services and Unionist death squads was systemic.

"The British government is clearly afraid that an inquiry into the role of British intelligence services in the murder of Pat Finucane will reach to the highest levels of Downing Street, where Margaret Thatcher oversaw a state policy of collusion which led to the murders of hundreds of people.   

"The denial of an inquiry to the Finucane family and their basic human rights is an attempt to continue the cover-up of up the state’s central role in the actions of unionist death squads

"It emerged during this judicial review, that a senior British official considered there was 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.

"The British Government needs to implement the Weston Park Agreement in full and hold a full independent inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane."

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