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Why is Boris Johnson afraid of a public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder?

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Belfast solicitor's killing was state-sponsored assassination

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Blocked: the UK Government has refused a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

Blocked: the UK Government has refused a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

Blocked: the UK Government has refused a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

In a gripping drama broadcast on BBC One in June, local writer Declan Lawn re-enacted the sinister poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in March 2018 by Russian military intelligence (GRU) agents. This highly acclaimed drama bought home the sheer ruthlessness of the Russian secret service using a Soviet-era designed nerve agent, Novichok, to try to murder Skripal and Yulia.

They happily survived, but Dawn Sturgess, a mother of three, was killed by the reckless abandonment of the nerve agent in a fake perfume bottle.


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