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Rosemary Nelson killing report due in weeks

Inquiry findings into allegations of security force collusion in the murder of Lurgan solicitor Rosemary Nelson will be published in two weeks, the Government has announced.

Checks to ensure the report does not put any individual or the State's security under threat have been completed and preparations are now under way to present it to Parliament.

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson announced that last week's Assembly elections meant the earliest it could be published was Monday, May 23.

He is in talks with Commons Speaker John Bercow to put in place similar arrangements allowing relatives to see the report in advance that were staged for the Bloody Sunday families.

Mrs Nelson (40), who represented a number of high-profile republicans, was killed when a bomb planted by the Red Hand Defenders detonated under her car as she left her home in Lurgan on March 15, 1999.

The public inquiry has heard 130 days of conflicting evidence about the mother-of-three's killing and a panel of three judges has reviewed that testimony along with hundreds of pages of unpublished intelligence material.

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