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Sinn Fein's John Finucane reports threats that 'mock and support his father's murder' to PSNI

Sinn Fein's North Belfast candidate John Finucane has reported threats made against him on social media, which "mock and show open support" for the murder of his father, to the PSNI.

Mr Finucane's solicitor father Pat was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in one of the most infamous cases of the Troubles.

Mr Finucane, who witnessed his father being shot dead in the family home in 1989, said one of the tweets expressed regret he was not killed as well.

He said: “I have today made a complaint to the PSNI as a result of three tweets that have been sent directly to me.

“These tweets mock and show open support for the murder of my father, who was killed in front of my family and I in 1989. One further tweet expresses regret that I too was not murdered along with my father.

“The tweets will now be subject to a criminal investigation along with an investigation by Twitter also.

“Online abuse which enters into criminality cannot, and should not be tolerated by anyone in society and I look forward to working with the PSNI in ensuring this is dealt with appropriately."

A PSNI spokesman: "On 1 June, police received a report of a malicious communication on a social media platform and are liaising with the individual concerned."

Pat Finucane, 38, who represented a number of high-profile republicans, was shot by loyalists in front of his wife and three children at their north Belfast home.

The killing is shrouded in controversy amid allegations the security forces colluded with the gunmen from the outlawed Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

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