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 family 'misled and humiliated' by review

Geraldine Finucane, with her 3 children Michael (far left), Katherine and John (second left) Credit: ITV News

Mrs Finucane said today that her family had been "misled and humiliated in a cruel and unnecessary fashion" when they were invited to Downing Street last year, only to be told that there would be no public inquiry, only a behind-closed-doors review of documents.

Mrs Finucane said the review had been "compiled by a lawyer with strong links to the Conservative Party who was appointed by the Conservative Government without consultation". She added:

"The report is the result of a process into which we have had no input - we have seen no documents, nor heard any witnesses."

"In short, we have had no chance to assess the evidence for ourselves at first hand. We are expected to take the word of the man appointed by the British Government."

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