• March 13, 2021

The Council of Europe is to initiate action over the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. The Controversial murder of Mr Finucane is alleged to have been carried out by loyalist murder gangs orchestrated by the British Intellence Services. It is one of a number of controversial cases another of which is the killing of Belfast solicitor Rosemary Nelson.

The Irish Law Society reports:

“The body’s Committee of Ministers said the move was being made “in order to supervise the ongoing measures to ensure that they are adequate, sufficient and proceed in a timely manner”.

“They also called on the UK authorities to clarify how the ongoing police and Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) processes would proceed promptly, and in line with standards set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).”

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Pat Finucane’s son John who is a Member of Parliament described the Council of Europe decision as a:

‘Hugely significant move’

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Image. Council of Europe – Inset Pat Finucane

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League (13th March 2021)

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