LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday there had been “shocking” levels of state collusion in the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in 1989.
Cameron was quoting from a new report of into the killing of Finucane, saying that while it did not find that there had been an “over-arching state conspiracy” over the murder, it was still “extremely difficult reading”.
Finucane, whose clients included members of the anti-British Irish Republican Army (IRA) guerrilla group, was shot dead in front of his family by pro-British paramilitaries, and there have since been long-running allegations of state collusion in the murder, one of the most controversial in 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.
Speaking in parliament, Cameron said of the report: “It sets out the extent of collusion in areas such as identifying, targeting and murdering Mr. Finucane, supplying a weapon and facilitating its later disappearance and deliberately obstructing subsequent investigations.”
He repeated a British government apology to Finucane’s relatives but said he would not order a full public inquiry, as the family have been demanding.
Reporting by Mohammed Abbas; editing by Stephen Addison