Finucane lawyer to publish classified reports

Thursday 10 November 2011 18.12
Pat Finucane was shot dead in 1989
Pat Finucane was shot dead in 1989

The lawyer appointed by the British government to carry out a review of the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane and the collusion of the British security services in the killing, has said he intends to declassify and publish original intelligence documents alongside his report.

In a statement just issued, Desmond De Silva said he was determined to expose the truth "about this appalling murder".

He said that while the British government may have set the remit for his review he would now take the task forward independently.

Mr De Silva stated: "It is already clear to me that an enormous quantity of relevant material regarding this murder has been kept secret for many years.

“In the interests of transparency and in order to discharge my terms of reference to produce a full public account, I intend to declassify and publish original intelligence documents alongside my report."

Mr De Silva also encouraged anyone who may be able to assist him to come forward and provide information.

He said he had written to the Finucane family seeking a meeting with them at the earliest opportunity.