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de Brún highlights Pat Finucane case in Australia

6 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has highlighted the case of murdered Human Rights Lawyer Pat Finucane during her tour of Australia and New Zealand this week.

Ms de Brún has travelled to Australia as part of Sinn Féin's centenary celebrations to provide parliamentarians and community activists a briefing on the current state of the peace process and to lobby both governments for continued financial assistance through the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Over this past year I have met with the Finucane family on a number of occasions and informed them that I was committed to assisting the family both at home and at a European level in order to see a fully independent judicial public inquiry established into the solicitor's death.

"Having spoken to a number of people here in Australia, I would be confident that people, particularly those in the legal profession,  will want to speak out about the British government's attempt to block any hope of a properly independent public inquiry.

"For years the British Government denied the very existence of state sponsored murder and its complicity with unionist paramilitaries in the deaths of citizens in the six counties. Judge Cory's recommendation that a full judicial inquiry be held into Pat Finucane's  murder has shown up the British Government's unwillingness to let the family have the truth. They are actively attempting to block an independent inquiry as part of the state cover up in the aftermath of his murder.

"Not only is the case of Pat Finucane being raised here in Australia, but the families of those murdered as a result of state sponsored collusion are taking their case to the European Parliament this Wednesday (7th September). The demand for the truth is being heard right across the world." ENDS

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