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Sinn representatives and activists commemorating the 25th anniversary of the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. (1402MM13)

Sinn representatives and activists commemorating the 25th anniversary of the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. (1402MM13)

Republicans in Derry have marked the 25th anniversary of the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane and called for a public inquiry into the case.

Sinn Féin representatives and activists held a vigil to mark the anniversary of the murder, which was carried out by the UDA. Mr Finucance was shot dead by gunmen who burst into his north Belfast home while he was having dinner with his family on February 12, 1989. He was shot 14 times.

He came to prominence throughout the 1980s defending senior republicans in a number of high profile court cases.

In 2004, UDA member and self confessed British agent, Ken Barrett, pleaded guilty to his murder.

A number of those implicated in the killing were later unmasked as British agents within the UDA.

The solicitor’s family and supporters have always insisted the security forces colluded in his murder.

The British government initially indicated its intention to carry out a full inquiry into the collusion in the killing but later ruled out such a move.

Creggan councillor Kevin Campbell said the British government needs to honour its commitment on an inquiry into the murder.

“We felt it was very important to mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane,” he said.

“The Pat Finucane inquiry is now the only inquiry agreed to at Weston Park talks that has not been held.

“We need to increase the lobby, including internationally, on the British government to honour its commitments and establish the promised public inquiry into Pat’s murder.

“Just a few weeks ago MEP Martina Anderson took a 30 strong delegation from across Ireland to the European Parliament to present first hand experiences of British State collusion in the murders of citizens in Ireland.

“Families of collusion are not asking for favours, they are requiring the British state to discharge its legal obligation under EU articles and international law,” he said.

Councillor Campbell also praised the commitment and determination of the Finucane family in their ongoing campaign to establish the truth surrounding the murder.

“The Finucane family have shown incredible strength and perseverance in their fight to uncover the truth behind Pat’s assassination,” the former Mayor of Derry said.

 

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