09 February 2006

SDLP slams Paisley call for end to Finucane investigation


09/02/2006 - 08:39:10

The SDLP has slammed Ian Paisley Jr's call for an end to the ongoing police investigation into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Mr Paisley made the call yesterday after the PSNI disclosed that the investigation had cost almost £9m (€13.1m) so far.

The cost is mainly due to three separate independent inquiries carried out by former Metropolitan Police chief John Stevens.

The SDLP has responded to Mr Paisley's call for the case to be abandoned by accusing him of living in a moral fog.

Party spokesman Alban Maginness said serious questions still remained about whether the RUC and British Army colluded with the loyalists who shot Mr Finucane dead in front of his family in February 1989.

He said the blame for the cost of the investigation into the murder rested with the British government, which, he said, had spent years delaying a badly needed public inquiry into the case.

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