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Finucane son: UK agencies 'instigated' murder


A review of one of the most controversial killings during the Troubles in Northern Ireland - the murder of the Catholic lawyer, Pat Finucane - will be published today.

The government, which ordered the review, has already accepted that elements of the security forces colluded with Loyalists in his death in 1989.

Pat Finucane's son, John, was eight when gunmen burst into the family's home and shot his father 14 times.

He Told Today presenter Evan Davis that he believes that British agencies "instigated" the murder and that only a public inquiry can establish the truth.

He explained that although he will regard the "the report with an open mind", but added that his previous experience "does not fill us with hope".

"If it is a review that puts all our questions to bed then there will be nobody happier than me to move on with our lives," he added.

"This is something which doesn't just affect my family, it affects a very large section of society in Ireland... I fear that the process that has led to this report is flawed in a sense that it is a review of the papers.

"I find it hard that one can determine fact by only reviewing papers and not by challenging evidence."

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