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Welcome for expected US Congress Resolution on Pat Finucane killing

21 March, 2006

Commenting in advance of an expected resolution from the US Congress demanding an independent inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast and the party spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly said that the British government stalling and evasion would have to end.

Mr Kelly said:

"Since the murder of Pat Finucane in 1989 British government agencies have actively conspired to cover-up the truth of their involvement in this killing. The latest mechanism being adopted is the legislation passed last year which will in the opinion of the Finucane family only serve to frustrate the search for truth and justice further.

"The expected resolution from the US Congress demanding that the British government act to bring forward an independent inquiry into the murder is yet another pressure point which can be brought to bear on Tony Blair and his government.

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the Finucane family and other families bereaved and injured through collusion in their campaign for the truth and will continue to raise this issue with both governments in the time ahead. The British government need to realise that the issue of the involvement of their state agencies in the murder of Irish citizens will not simply go away." ENDS

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