Finucanes Demand Full Tribunal

By Frank Shouldice, Contributor
April / May 2006

Members of the Finucane family reacted angrily when told that the British government will not hold a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Catholic-solicitor Pat Finucane.

Seventeen years after Finucane was assassinated by UDA gunmen, the victim’s family feel they are no nearer the truth. An initial review by retired Canadian judge Peter Cory concluded that there was collusion between the gunmen and members of the security forces. He recommended that a public inquiry should follow.

However, Northern secretary Peter Main told the solicitor’s widow Geraldine that any investigation would be subject to ministerial approval on security grounds. The Finucane family have rejected anything short of a full open inquiry and are not prepared to submit to a watered-down version. Should the British government insist, it will be a limited inquiry or none at all: the Finucane family will not cooperate, vowing instead to take their campaign to the European courts. ♦

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