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State role in Finucane murder

British government agents played "key roles" in the 1989 murder of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane, a report has found. There had been long-running allegations of state collusion in his death.

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Finucane report: Key findings so far

  • Government-commissioned review found that state employees actively "furthered and facilitated" the loyalist murder of Mr Finucane
  • The Army and Special Branch had advance notice of a series of planned UDA assassinations, but nothing was done
  • De Silva found that employees of the state and stage agents played "key roles" in the Finucane murder
  • The Army "must take a degree of responsibility" for targeting activities carried out by the UDA's Brian Nelson
  • "Relentless" effort to defeat the ends of justice after Mr Finucane's killing and found that Army officials provided the MoD with highly misleading and inaccurate information
  • Review found no evidence that any Govt was informed in advance of Mr Finucane's murder or knew about the subsequent cover-up

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