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PSNI appoint new assistant chief
Alister Finlay
Alistair Finlay joins the PSNI from Strathclyde Police
The police have appointed a new assistant chief constable to deal with public inquiries into a number of controversial deaths.

Alistair Finlay is expected to take up the NI post in the autumn.

He will be responsible for police input into inquiries into the deaths of Rosemary Nelson, Robert Hamill, and Billy Wright.

Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said the appointment would allow other senior officers to concentrate on new cases.

Mr Finlay, who is currently serving with Strathclyde police, will also be responsible for responding to a report by the Police Ombudsman later this year which is expected to heavily criticise the conduct and management of a number of police informers.

He may also oversee the work of the Historical Inquiries Team, which has been given five years to re-examine more than 3,000 deaths during the Troubles.

Rosemary Nelson, a solicitor, was killed in an under-car booby-trap bomb explosion in Lurgan in 1999.

LVF leader Billy Wright was targeted and murdered inside the Maze Prison by jailed members of the Irish National Liberation Army in 1997.

Robert Hamill, a Catholic, died in hospital after being attacked by a loyalist mob in his home town of Portadown in 1997.

Public inquiries into their murders were ordered by the government in April 2004 following a report into allegations of security force collusion in their deaths.

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