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Pat Finucane anniversary vigil held in north Belfast

A candlelit vigil was held in north Belfast last night to mark the 25th anniversary of Pat Finucane's murder.

Around 100 people attended the vigil in the Fortwilliam area of the Antrim Road near the Finucane family home where the solicitor was gunned down by loyalist gunmen on February 12, 1989.

In December 2012, a report into the solicitor's death - ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron and headed up by Sir Desmond de Silva QC - found that agents of the state were involved in the murder.

The report concluded there was "shocking" levels of state collusion.

Sir Desmond de Silva's review of the 1989 murder of the Catholic father of three found that collusion by the state went beyond a failure to prevent the crime.

Following release of the report David Cameron told the House of Commons that the murder was "an appalling crime" and said the degree of collusion exposed was "unacceptable".

He said, in a message to the family: "I am deeply sorry."

On Monday Mr Finucane's widow, Geraldine, will travel with her son Michael to the United States to call, again, for a public inquiry into the murder.

Further reading

Pat Finucane murder: shocking levels of state collusion

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Pat Finucane murder: British government meeting notes disclosed to family

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Matt Baggott: Pat Finucane murder should never have happened

David Cameron's statement on Pat Finucane report

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