[Sinn Fein]

19th February 1999

The Pat Finucane Killing - Britain's Watergate

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has welcomed the decision of the north's bar council to call for a public inquiry into the killing 10 years ago of Pat Finucane.

Mr. Adams said:

``The killing ten years ago of Pat Finucane is the tip of the iceberg of the collusion between British intelligence forces and loyalist killer gangs. Brian Nelson was directly involved in setting Pat Finucane up for assassination. Nelson was the number one British intelligence agent inside the UDA for several years. The British government have many questions to answer not only about the killing of Pat Finucane but about the collusion of their intelligence services with loyalists.

``The role of British intelligence, in all its various guises, directly and indirectly in the killing of republican activists and innocent civilians is a major political scandal which London has sought to cover-up but which will not go away.

``The Brian Nelson affair is Britain's `Watergate' and there is an onerous responsibility on this British government to face up to this issue. Earlier this week I spoke at some length to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair on this matter, and about the import of weapons via South Africa and the Middle East in the late 1980's. I assured him that this was an issue which will not go away and which demands a full public and judicial inquiry to expose the truth.''

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