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House Of Representatives call on Pat Finucane murder welcomed

19 May, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly today welcomed the decision by the UIS House of Representatives to demand an independent inquiry into the murder of Human Rights lawyer Pat Finucane.

Mr Kelly said:

"Since the murder of Pat Finucane and the obvious involvement of the British State in it, successive British governments have sought to frustrate the search for the truth. The culture of concealment remains to this day.

"The British government need to realise that the demand by the Finucane family for the truth will not simply disappear. The current legislation under which the British government are planning to conduct the inquiry will frustrate the search for justice.

"The decision by the House of Representatives to endorse the position of the Finucane family in opposition to the British proposals is an important step and very much places the British government in the dock.

"Tony Blair needs to honour the public commitments he made at Weston Park to establish a fully independent international inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane." ENDS

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