23 May 2006

Loyalist who admitted Finucane shooting released from prison


23/05/2006 - 17:16:27

The loyalist who admitted shooting Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane dead was secretly released from jail early this morning and has already left the North.

Ken Barrett had admitted his involvement in the murder and made claims to a BBC undercover film crew that the police had instigated the shooting.

Neither Pat Finucane's widow, Geraldine, nor his two sons and daughter were informed in advance that Ken Barrett was to be released.

He was sentenced to 22 years in jail for the murder but served less than three years as he successfully appealed for early release under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

In the past, Geraldine Finucane has said she is more concerned about holding responsible those who planned and instigated the murder rather than those who pulled the trigger.

The dead man's family wants a full public inquiry into collusion between the police and British military intelligence in the killing.

They, leading judges and groups such as Amnesty International have rejected London proposals to hold a partially independent inquiry.

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