source: The Irish Times
published: 10 February 2019
Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered to silence other human rights lawyers, his son said. This week marks 30 years since Finucane was shot by loyalists in collusion with British security forces. The solicitor was killed while having Sunday lunch at home with his family. He was 39.
Finucane’s son John was a schoolboy when his father died in front of him. At a memorial event in St Mary’s University College in Belfast on Sunday, he recalled: “Our lives changed forever.”
The solicitor’s best years professionally were ahead of him at the time of his death, his son said. “It was a deliberate decision to kill him, to silence other lawyers and prevent them from doing that type of work”.
“What we see now is a generation coming through with lawyers, people wanting their human rights. I think that is very much a legacy of Pat Finucane and what he stands for and represents.”
Former British prime minister David Cameron acknowledged the “shocking” level of state collusion in the 1989 UDA killing after receiving a report on the evidence.
Desmond de Silva’s review confirmed agents of the state were involved in the killing and it should have been prevented – but ruled out an “overarching state conspiracy”.