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Sinn Féin comment on release of British Agent Ken Barrett

23 May, 2006

Commenting on the release from prison today of British Agent Ken Barrett the man convicted of the murder of Pat Finucane, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly said that the only way the truth can be uncovered about the murder of Pat Finucane is through the sort of independent inquiry demanded by the family.

Mr Kelly said:

"The Finucane family demand for the truth about the circumstances surrounding the murder of Pat Finucane in 1989 was never satisfied with the conviction of British Agent Ken Barrett. Indeed the British government used the case of Ken Barrett to stall further the demand for a fully independent, international inquiry into the entire circumstances surrounding this killing.

"Nobody believes that the murder of Pat Finucane was planned, organised and carried out by loyalists from the Shankill acting alone. Ken Barrett was himself a self confessed British Agent, so was William Stobie the man who supplied the weapon, along with Brian Nelson the man who supplied the intelligence. The UDA leader in West Belfast at that time Tommy Lyttle was also a paid British agent.

"The case of Pat Finucane goes to the very heart of the British State policy of collusion with unionist paramilitaries. That is why successive British governments have sought to conceal the truth by continuing to stall the sort of investigation demanded by the Finucane family.

"Tony Blair made public commitments on this issue after Weston Park. He has yet to deliver on them. Sinn Féín will continue to support the Finucane family in their search for the truth and we will continue to lobby the British government to act on this issue." ENDS

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