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Wait for reply on murder probe plea

A coroner's bid for information from an official review of the Pat Finucane murder is being considered by the Government, an inquest was told.

It involves the death of Gerard Slane, 27, a father-of-three shot by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) at his home at Waterville Street, west Belfast, in 1988.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review by Sir Desmond de Silva into the death of murdered solicitor Mr Finucane, which also touched on the Slane case.

The Slane family's solicitor has said previous probes into alleged security force collusion with loyalists, including the De Silva report, had already revealed material.

Coroner Suzanne Anderson's office wrote earlier this year to the Northern Ireland Office and Cabinet Office about De Silva and an earlier probe into collusion carried out by Judge Peter Cory, barrister Ronan Daly said.

He represents the coroner and told the Belfast preliminary hearing no substantive reply had yet been received. The agencies had replied that the Crown Solicitors' Office would respond on their behalf.

Retired Canadian judge Cory carried out separate investigations into alleged collusion which led to public inquiries.

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