NI: Date set for appeal in Pat Finucane inquiry case

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan
Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan

A bid by the widow of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane to overturn a High Court ruling which found that Prime Minister David Cameron was justified in refusing an inquest into his death will be heard in April.

At a review hearing on Friday, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan fixed the fresh appeal for three days beginning on Monday 25 April 2016.

A judicial review brought by Geraldine Finucane against the UK government failed in the High Court in June.

The action was launched after the UK government refused to hold a statutory inquiry into the 1989 murder, in which it is alleged British security forces colluded with loyalist paramilitaries.

Mr Cameron previously acknowledged “shocking levels of collusion” after the UK government published the results of a review conducted by Sir Desmond de Silva.

However, Mr Finucane’s family said the 2012 review was a “sham” that fell short of a full public inquiry.

In June, Mr Justice Stephens in the High Court ruled that the UK government’s decision not to order a full inquiry “was lawful”.

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