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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

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

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.

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