The de Silva review into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane has concluded there was "no overarching state conspiracy" but "shocking" levels of state collusion.
De Silva found the following agencies of the state were involved in the murder, and subsequent cover-up of the murder:
- Members of the RUC "proposed" Mr Finucane be selected as a murder target
- They took "no action whatsoever" to prevent the planned attack
- The was a failure to investigate and arrest key members of the West Belfast UDA after the attack
- Members "seriously obstructed" the criminal investigation
- The Army had information on a series of planned UDA attacks through their informer Brian Nelson, but did nothing with the information
- The army "must take responsibility" for Nelson's "targeting activity", including Mr Finucane during 1987-1989
- Senior officers lied to criminal investigators
- The Army and MoD officials provided the defence minister with "highly misleading" and in parts "factually inaccurate" information about the handling of informer Brain Nelson
The family of Pat Finucane labelled today's review into his murder is a 'whitewash' despite 'shocking' levels of state collusion revealed.
A government-commissioned report found state agents were involved in the murder of Pat Finucane - but his widow dismissed it as a "sham".
The review into the death of a Catholic solicitor during the Troubles is expected to show state collusion with loyalist terrorists.