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Mural to murdered lawyer Pat Finucane unveiled in west Belfast

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Pat Finucane was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989

Pat Finucane was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989

Pat Finucane's widow Geraldine arrives with her daughter Katherine to read the review of the report into the murder of the Belfast solicitor

Pat Finucane's widow Geraldine arrives with her daughter Katherine to read the review of the report into the murder of the Belfast solicitor

Michael Finucane said he was not surprised to learn the gun that killed his father was given back to the British Army by the RUC

Michael Finucane said he was not surprised to learn the gun that killed his father was given back to the British Army by the RUC

A review into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane is to be published on December 12

A review into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane is to be published on December 12

The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane outside 10 Downing Street

The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane outside 10 Downing Street

Funeral of  lawyer Pat Finucane, murdered  by loyalists. 1989. Pacemaker

Funeral of lawyer Pat Finucane, murdered by loyalists. 1989. Pacemaker

The British Government has apologised for the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane - his family, pictured, have long campaigned for the truth

The British Government has apologised for the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane - his family, pictured, have long campaigned for the truth

PACEMAKER BFST 31-03-98; Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane who was shot dead by Loyalists.

PACEMAKER BFST 31-03-98; Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane who was shot dead by Loyalists.

The Government will make a final decision on whether to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

The Government will make a final decision on whether to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

A mural to mark 25 years since the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane has been unveiled in west Belfast.

The Belfast lawyer was shot dead by loyalist gunmen at his north Belfast home on February 12, 1989 as he sat down to dinner with his wife and children.

In December 2012 a report into Mr Finucane'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 and that there were "shocking" levels of collusion.

Sir Desmond's review of the murder of the Catholic father-of-three found that collusion by the State went beyond a failure to prevent the crime.

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Pat Finucane was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989

Pat Finucane was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989

Pat Finucane was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989

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."

In a statement yesterday Human Rights group Amnesty International said the Government's failure to hold an independent public inquiry into his death is "not only cruel, but positively sinister".

Amnesty International's NI director Patrick Corrigan said: "It is vital for public confidence that this anniversary prompts a rethink over denying the Finucane family an independent public inquiry."

Mr Finucane's son John told Amnesty: "The past remains a divisive and caustic issue in our society today. The British Government have added to this deep sense of mistrust when they continue to renege on their promise to enact a full public inquiry into his killing.

"We continue to feel the deep personal loss even after 25 years, yet we remain convinced the best way to honour what my father stood for in life, and in death, is to continue our campaign for truth and justice."

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