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State collusion in North Irish murder "shocking": David Cameron
December 12, 2012 / 1:05 PM / in 5 years

State collusion in North Irish murder "shocking": David Cameron

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.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the The Electric City Conference in London December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid/POOL

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

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