Thursday, 3 December 2020

Patrick Finucane ~ Public Inquiry rejected by the government

The UK government has deferred setting up a public inquiry relating to State collusion in the 1989 murder of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane - The Guardian 30 November 2020.  Officially, the possibility of an inquiry has not been totally removed from the table.

The Government has committed to re-assess whether a public inquiry is necessary to resolve any outstanding obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights in light of a police review process (due to start in the New Year) and Police Ombudsman investigations.

For the anouncement

to Parliament see Hansard 30 November.

UK Government 30 November - Patrick Finucane Case: UK Government Outlines Way forward - where it stated - 

UK Supreme Court judgment - Application by Geraldine Finucane for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2019] UKSC 7 - (Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hodge, Lady Black).

Statement by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

Pat Finucane Centre

Stevens 3 investigation 

de Silva review.

3 December 2020


The Guardian 4 December 2020 - UK rebuked over failure to enforce Troubles court rulings - "The Council of Europe has issued a stinging rebuke to the UK over its failure to enforce judgments by the European court of human rights (ECHR) involving security force killings and suspected collusion cases in Northern Ireland.

In a resolution published on Thursday, the Council of Europe, which oversees the ECHR, expressed “profound concern” at the government’s failure to effectively investigate legacy cases from the Troubles, including the 1989 murder of the Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.


UK rebuked over failure to enforce Troubles court rulings


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