Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Pat Finucane report out next month

Pat Finucane was gunned down in his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989
The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane outside 10 Downing Street

A government-ordered review into the loyalist murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane will be published on December 12.

Experienced QC Sir Desmond de Silva re-examined the evidence into the shooting in north Belfast in 1989.

The murder of the Catholic father-of-three was one of the most controversial of the Troubles, with allegations that the State colluded with the paramilitaries to facilitate the killing.

Prime Minister David Cameron has accepted collusion took place and has apologised to the Finucane family.

But the solicitor's relatives have been critical of the £1.5m review ordered by Mr Cameron, claiming it falls far short of the full public inquiry they have long campaigned for.

Sir Desmond has said his report will included previously highly classified documents relating to the murder.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers outlined the timetable for its publication yesterday. Mrs Villiers has previously said she intends to give advance sight of the review to interested parties.

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