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Inquiry Call Ahead of N.Irish 'Collusion' Report

The family of a Belfast lawyer killed by Protestant guerrillas have called for a full public inquiry as a report due out on Thursday was expected to show collusion between his killers and British security forces. The report, from London police chief Sir John Stevens, centers on the killing of Pat Finucane, 39, a high profile Catholic solicitor shot dead in front of his family by gunmen from the Protestant “loyalist” Ulster Defense Association. According to media leaks of the report, an overview of which was due to be published in Belfast later on Thursday, Stevens will say a branch of British military intelligence and elements of the police helped the UDA kill Catholics in the late 1980s. Finucane’s son Michael, also a lawyer, told BBC radio that loyalist paramilitaries were deliberately recruited by the British government as killers by proxy. “It was a very well run and efficient policy of assassination,” he said. The Finucane killing was one of the most notorious and controversial in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland between Catholics seeking to end British rule in the province and Protestants committed to preserving it. Full Story

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