Patrick Finucane: Supreme Court Judgment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:32 pm on 30th November 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport) 5:32 pm, 30th November 2020

In 2012, Sir Desmond de Silva QC’s review found that

“a series of positive actions by employers of the State that actively furthered and facilitated his murder”,

yet even that review had serious shortcomings, as identified by the Supreme Court. At long last, the Government must hold a full public inquiry into the murder of lawyer Patrick Finucane, because in direct contravention of what the Secretary of State has just mentioned, the chief constable of the PSNI has said it is

“our view that there are currently no new lines of inquiry. We now need to decide if a further review is merited given all the previous investigations into this case.”

Why is the Secretary of State procrastinating and adding to the heartache and pain of the Finucane family?