Thursday, May 18, 2006

U.S. House pushes Britain to probe Finucane murder

18/5/2006 5:04:46 PM
( Source: Reuters)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives called on Britain on Thursday to comply with an agreement with Ireland and start a full investigation of the 1989 murder of Northern Ireland attorney Pat Finucane.

The House voted 390-31 for a resolution urging Britain to establish a full "independent public judicial" inquiry into the murder of Finucane, a human rights attorney gunned down in his home in Belfast in front of his wife and three children.

Some human rights groups have connected loyalist paramilitaries and British security forces with the murder.

In 2001, the British and Irish governments jointly appointed Peter Cory, a retired justice of Canada's Supreme Court, to determine whether independent commissions should investigate possible state-sponsored collusion in six murders, including Finucane's.

Cory made his recommendation for an inquiry commission, but the British government instead said it would conduct a more limited probe of Finucane's slaying.

New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith, who sponsored the measure, said he hoped "our combined efforts here and in the Republic of Ireland will move the British government to finally live up to their agreement ... and help secure public and international confidence in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Excuse me, a very sad event, but............... WTF has this got to do with America. IIRC at the time this happened Americans were still funding 'Terrorist' activities in Northern Ireland via NOR-AID, and would probably stilll be doing that now if it wasn't for 9/11.

Mr America you ain't so squeeeky clean. Keep your nose out.


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