State agencies 'involved in murder' - Cameron


British prime minister David Cameron said today he was “deeply sorry” for the extent of state collusion in the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in 1989 following the publication of an independent review.

Speaking in the House of Commons as the review by Sir Desmond de Silva QC was published, Mr Cameron said the report revealed five key areas of collusion and said agents of the British state had “actively furthered and facilitated the murder”.

Outlining the findings of the report, Mr Cameron continued: “Sir Desmond says on the balance of probabilities, an RUC officer or officers did propose Patrick Finucane as a UDA target when speaking to a loyalist paramilitary.”

Mr Cameron said there was a further failure to investigate and arrest members of the West Belfast UDA over a long period.

And he said it was all part of a “wider, relentless attempt to defeat the ends of justice” following the murder. Mr Cameron said the De Silva review found senior Army officers deliberately lied to criminal investigators and that RUC Special Branch were “responsible for seriously obstructing the investigation”.

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