Thursday, May 18, 2006

Pat Finucane: Update

For those following this complicated case, a microcosm of the bad years of the Troubles, a few links relating to a motion that was passed in the US House of Representatives calling on the British government to institute a full public inquiry. The text of the motion, its status page (it passed), and the roll call vote. Note that one of the few No votes was from James Sensenbrenner, Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. One wonders if he might have some explaining to do to the voters back home. Anyway, the bottom line is that the House

calls on the Government of the United Kingdom to--

(A) reconsider its position on the Finucane case to take full account of the family's objections, Judge Cory's objections, objections raised by officials of the United States Government, other governments, and international bodies, and amend the UK Inquiries Act of 2005; and

(B) establish immediately a full, independent, public judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, as recommended by Judge Cory, which would enjoy the full cooperation of the family and the wider community throughout Ireland and abroad.

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