[Sinn Fein]

1st July 2003

Time to end stalling on Finucane Inquiry

Commenting on the judgement by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Pat Finucane, Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said that `the verdict was a vindication of the position adopted by the Finucane family' and he called on the British government to end the stalling and set up the independent, judicial inquiry necessary to find the truth.

Mr McLaughlin said:

``The identities of those involved in the killing of Pat Finucane are well known. The fact that agencies of the British State used the UDA to carry out this killing is beyond doubt. What is required now is a full independent judicial inquiry to establish exactly who authorised and planned this killing - where the chain of command leads.

``Today's judgement is a further vindication of the position of the Finucane family and is the latest in a line of European Court Judgements against the British government regarding this issue of state collusion in the murder of citizens.

``Sinn Fein will continue to highlight this issue and will continue to support the Finucane and family and others in their demand for full disclosure and the lid to be lifted on the collusion scandal.''

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