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Sinn Féin MEPs to press Finucane case

18 March, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has pledged continued support for the Finucane family in their quest for an international independent inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Ms de Brún was speaking after retired Canadian Judge Cory described the present legislative proposals going through Westminster as ones which create 'an intolerable Alice in Wonderland scenario'.

Ms de Brún said:

"My colleague Mary Lou McDonald MEP and I have raised on the European scene concerns arising from the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane and the British government's continued refusal to hold a proper inquiry into his killing.

"At the Weston Park talks, Sinn Féin called for full independent international inquiries into his death and the deaths of other victims of collusion. The British government argued that an international judge should be asked to look at a number of cases and make recommendations. Neither the Finucane family nor Sinn Féin requested this, although it was supported by the SDLP and the Irish government.

"Given that Canadian Judge Peter Cory, who was appointed following Weston Park, recommended full public inquiries in several cases including those of Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson, the British and Irish governments now have a duty to ensure that meaningful inquiries can now take place.

"However the British Government, fearing that the truth of the policy of collusion with unionist death squads would be exposed, has introduced legislation to limit the power of the Finucane inquiry in a way that has angered and startled human rights NGOs. This legislation may also prevent any meaningful inquiry into any action by the British government or its agents at any point in the future.

"Mary Lou Mc Donald MEP and I will continue to highlight the case and lobby on behalf of the Finucane family. We intend to bring international pressure to bear on the British Government to hold a full independent inquiry into his death.

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the family of Pat Finucane, and all of those who have been murdered as a result of the policy of collusion, in their pursuit of truth and justice." ENDS

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