Legal action over Pat Finucane public inquiry to take place in June

Pat Finucane
Pat Finucane

source: Belfast Telegraph
published: 8 March 2022

Long-delayed legal action against the UK Government for not holding a public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane is set to go ahead in June, a judge announced today.

The challenge mounted by the murdered lawyer’s widow has been provisionally listed for a three-day hearing at the High Court in Belfast.

Mr Finucane was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries in the north of the city in February 1989. His family have campaigned ever since for a public inquiry to establish the full scale of security force collusion in the murder.

In February 2019 the Supreme Court held that previous probes into the killing failed to meet Article 2 human rights standards.

The solicitor’s widow, Geraldine Finucane, initially issued proceedings in a bid to force the Government to act on the finding that no proper investigation had been carried out.

Although Secretary of State Brandon Lewis subsequently apologised for the delay in making a decision, he announced in November 2020 there would be no public inquiry at this stage.

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