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“the #HET did not act legally in examining state killings”

Wed 3 July 2013, 3:25pm

Tweet Inconsistencies and shortcomings in policies, systems and practices threaten the legitimacy of the Historical Enquiries Team’s work, and risk undermining the confidence of the families of those who died during ‘the troubles’ in its effectiveness and impartiality. So says the Inspector of Constabulary about the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) in a report issued today. […] more »

After Finucane, “a new disaster waiting to happen, ” warns Justice lobby group. But why not a new inquest?

Mon 17 December 2012, 1:51pm

Tweet The de Silva report  presents a challenge to the legal establishment and others in Northern Ireland over how to proceed in the light of the UK government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry. Accountability concerns are not confined to history. They remain a live issue today since the devolution of policing and justice. One […] more »

Finucane controversy won’t die down

Thu 13 December 2012, 12:02pm

Tweet  Continuing demands for a “full independent international inquiry” into the murder of  Pat Finucane are unlikely to be stilled  to allow police and prosecuting authorities to consider what to. From their reactions yesterday we can be certain that unionist politicians will characterise the prominence given to the case as “one sided justice” and will […] more »

#Finucane: this report is a sham, this report is a whitewash

Wed 12 December 2012, 4:58pm

Tweet So now we’ve had the publication of the latest report into the killing of Pat Finuance in 1989 courtsey of Rt Hon Desmond de Silva QC (full text here). The surprise that David Cameron articulated in the Commons today, much like with Saville, is merely the formal admission of what has long been accepted by most other […] more »

Finucane: facts we need to know updated

Wed 12 December 2012, 3:09pm

Tweet     In the light of David Cameron’s statement, to keep my head above water in the flood of information and angry comment   I itemise questions of fact I‘d like to keep sight of. Perhaps others can add to them.   Update I intend to add to the list myself as I plough through the review […] more »

De Silva report reveals that 85% of UDA intelligence in late 70s sourced in state material.

Wed 12 December 2012, 1:22pm

Tweet Cameron’s just delivered the headline findings of the Finucane inquiry. Some of it is frankly, shocking. The details of the killing itself is less shocking (only because we’ve become so familiar) than some of the wider contextual information. The thing that stunned me was the fact that 85% of the intelligence held by the […] more »

Cameron’s decision on Finucane case insults family, betrays us all

Tue 11 October 2011, 5:58pm

Tweet When a lawyer is murdered in any country, it should be a matter of great public concern, seen rightly as an attack on the entire legal system. When there is clear evidence pointing towards the collusion of a range of agents of the State in that murder, then the mood should become one of […] more »

Last major inquiry into the Troubles now in prospect

Thu 11 November 2010, 1:51pm

Tweet Owen Paterson has quietly made two of the most significant announcements of his term as NI Secretary, however long it lasts. The verdict on holding a Finucane Inquiry will come in the New Year. The fact that the family appear not to have rejected his publicly undisclosed proposals out of hand this time suggests […] more »

Finucane result “soon” as Woodward attacks coalition for slow progress on legacy

Wed 3 November 2010, 9:31pm

Tweet This a full report of the  Saville  debate and replaces Woodward’s bombshell The unlikely figure of Shaun Woodward has torn open the smooth surface of Westminster consensus by launching an attack on his successor for dilatoriness in tackling the legacy of the Troubles. Despite his criticisms and and government protestations  they were moving as fast as […] more »

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