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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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Villiers: De Silva review 'profoundly shocking'

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers Credit: PA

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said she was "profoundly shocked" by the de Silva review into the collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and security forces in the murder of Catholic solicitor Pat Finucane. She said:

"This report is incredibly frank. It has hugely harsh things to say about what went on with the involvement of state agents in murder."

"It's something which is profoundly shocking and I simply don't believe that a public inquiry would take this further."

"This report has revealed the facts about what happened and I don't believe that waiting 10, or even 12 years, for a public inquiry to complete would reveal more facts about Pat Finucane."

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