UK government covers up murder of Irish civil rights lawyer

This video: on May 5, 2004, a hearing was held, in Washington, D.C., USA, by the U.S. Helsinki Commission. It was inquiring into the murder in 1989, by a loyalist death squad, in Belfast, of human rights lawyer, Patrick Finucane. His widow, Geraldine Finucane, was one of the witnesses at the proceeding.

From British daily The Independent:

Government accused of ‘cover-up’ over Finucane inquiry

By Alan Erwin and Deric Henderson, PA

Published: 26 June 2007

The Government was accused last night of a scandalous cover-up after a decision not to prosecute police officers or soldiers in connection with the assassination of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Even though former Scotland Yard chief Lord Stevens established rogue security force elements colluded with the loyalist paramilitary killers, prosecutors in Northern Ireland ruled there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.

Their decision, which means senior officers in the former Royal Ulster Constabulary and military intelligence will not stand trial for alleged involvement in the Finucane killing, baffled the solicitor’s family.

Mr Finucane’s son Michael, also a solicitor, said he was extremely disappointed and very perplexed by the outcome.

See also here.

And here.

Update February 2009: here. April 2009: here.

Gerry Adams welcomes ‘MI5 offer’ to disclose files on Pat Finucane murder: here.

The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane accused the government yesterday of stalling over calls for a public inquiry into one of the most infamous killings of the Northern Ireland Troubles: here.

Tory prime minister David Cameron ruled out a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane: here.

Update December 2012: here.

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  4. Wednesday 22nd February 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    THE widow of murdered Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane vowed to fight on yesterday after judges rejected an inquiry into alleged police collusion.

    Geraldine Finucane, who witnessed the shooting, had appealed against a 2015 judicial ruling that the decision taken by British then prime minister David Cameron in 2011 was lawful.

    But Court of Appeal judges in Belfast rejected her challenge.

    Mr Finucane, who represented a number of high-profile republicans, was shot dead in front of his wife and three children at their north Belfast home in 1989.

    Security forces allegedly colluded with the loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Defence Association, which committed the murder.

    In their ruling, the Court of Appeal judges acknowledged that a pledge to hold an inquiry had been made.

    But they upheld the government’s right to balance this with factors of public interest such as the cost of a fullblown inquiry.

    Ms Finucane said: “There is definitely unfinished business, which the court highlighted today.”

    She refused to rule out appealing to the British Supreme Court in London.

    “There are many of us who are seeking truth and justice in different ways,” she said.

    Communist Party of Ireland executive committee member Joe Bowers said: “It’s clear to everyone that the refusal of the British government to be transparent in its historic activities during our troubled past is at least a contributory factor to the hindrance of the whole community being able to build a united future.”


  5. Thursday, 28 February 2019

    ‘We have won!’ says Pat Finucane’s widow

    GERALDINE FINUCANE with family members and legal team during a visit to Downing Street in September 2000

    ‘WE HAVE had to overcome obstacles the likes of which no other family has faced and today we face the world with one simple message: “We have won”,’ Pat Finucane’s widow Geraldine said yesterday.

    Pat Finucane was an Irish human rights lawyer killed by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989, who, it has been alleged, acted ‘in collusion with the British government intelligence service MI5’. A review into the Finucane murder, the ‘Desmond de Silva Inquiry’, concluded that ‘actions by employees of the British state actively facilitated the killing’.

    Geraldine Finucane challenged ex-prime minister David Cameron over his refusal to hold a public inquiry. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that an inquiry compliant with human rights law has not yet taken place. However, it said she had not shown that Cameron’s decision ‘was made in bad faith’.

    Geraldine Finucane said outside the court: ‘We have campaigned for thirty years, travelled the globe and argued our case all over the world. With all of our help, support and faith and good will we can finally stand before all of our friends and deliver the simple message: “We have won.”

    ‘The Supreme Court has given its judgement on the actions of the British government. They have been found wanting. They have been found in breach of the most fundamental obligation of all to protect and vindicate the right to life. The courts have said that they cannot ignore a violation of the convention of rights that have taken place.

    ‘The public inquiry that my family and I have fought for for over three decades has culminated in this great victory today. I would like to thank my legal team Barry MacDonald, Neil O’Dougherty and my great friend Peter Madden, for their Herculean efforts on our behalf. We would not have succeeded without them.

    ‘I would also like to pay tribute to all the individuals and organisations worldwide who have supported us in all of our efforts over the years. Our many friends in Ireland, Britain, Europe, America and beyond have sustained us through many a dark hour. There are too many to thank individually so I thank them all today.

    ‘Our friends and supporters know as we know that this is a step on the way to our goal, the full truth behind the murder of my husband Pat Finucane. The judgement of this court is not the end of that journey, but it represents great progress towards the goal.

    ‘The British government now knows that it cannot conceal the truth any longer. They have now been told by the highest court in their land, it is time for the murder of Pat Finucane to be properly and publicly investigated in a public inquiry. Nothing else will suffice.

    ‘The Supreme Court has said that all the investigation to date has been inadequate and where else is there to go? They must call for a public inquiry. I don’t go anywhere. I have got my judgement. I have won what is necessary. The next step needs to be taken by the British government and the ball is firmly in their court. They have made mistakes all over the last thirty years. Every single review and investigation has been found inadequate.’


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