Judge calls for Ireland killing inquiry

Relatives of a Catholic lawyer shot dead during Northern Ireland's "dirty war" have said a judge is calling for a public inquiry into the killing.

    Many Catholics want a unified Ireland

    Michael

    Finucane, the dead lawyer's son, said he was

    contacted by Canadian Judge Peter Cory on Monday who

    informed him of his decision to recommend an inquiry.

    Finucane said his family would ask Belfast High Court on Tuesday to make public the findings of Cory's report on the killing of his father, who was shot by Ulster Defence Association gunmen.

    The Finucane killing was one of the highest-profile in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland between Catholics seeking to end British rule and Protestants committed to preserving it.

    British collusion 

    The death has been surrounded by accusations

    against the British security forces of collusion with the Protestant paramilitaries

    who shot the lawyer in front of his wife

    and children in their Belfast home in 1989.

    The British and Irish governments asked retired Canadian

    Supreme Court judge Peter Cory in 2001 to investigate eight

    killings, including Finucane's case.

    The judge presented his findings last October to the

    governments in London and Dublin, who had promised to hold

    inquiries if he recommended it.

    Ireland published Cory's reports on the two cases in its

    jurisdiction last month.

    Stevens said police could have
    prevented Finucane's death

    Inadequate investigation 

    It said there would be an inquiry into

    accusations that Irish police colluded with the Irish Republican

    Army in killings of two Northern Ireland policemen in 1989.

    But Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy has not

    yet made the other reports public, saying his government needed

    more time to consider the legal and security implications.

    Last year the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

    ruled Britain had not adequately investigated claims Finucane

    was set up by members of its intelligence services.

    A separate

    report from London police chief John Stevens said security

    forces could have prevented his killing.

    Car bomb

    Cory also investigated the killing of Rosemary Nelson,

    another high-profile Catholic lawyer killed by a car bomb blamed

    on the Protestant Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) in Lurgan in

    1999.

    Other cases he investigated include Robert Hamill, a Catholic kicked to death by

    a Protestant group in Portadown in 1997; and Billy Wright, the

    LVF leader shot and killed by the Irish National Liberation Army

    inside the Maze prison six years ago.

    A source familiar with the findings said the judge had

    recommended inquiries in all cases.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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