Thursday, February 23, 2006


Judge Cory blasts Finucane Inquiry

The man who recommended an inquiry into the murder of Belfast solictor Pat Finucane, retired Canadian Supreme Court Judge Peter Cory, astonishingly claimed last night that the full truth about the murder may never be revealed under the terms of the British government inquiry set up to examine the assassination.

Even more extraordinary was his suggestion that with hindsight had he known how the investigation was to be conducted, he might not have become involved at all!

He said: "If you told me at the beginning no matter what you do we are going to change the rules then any self respecting person would say thank-you and I’d just as soon not.

"This is Micky Mouse, it’s Alice in Wonderland. But you don’t know that at the time."

The Finucane family have refused to co-operate with the tribunal proposed for their case insisting it would suppress what really happened, a decision attacked by the DUP you may recall, however Judge Cory admitted that he would be inclined to agree with their stance since it's believed that under the planned Inquiries Act, crucial evidence would be omitted from publication on the grounds of national security.

"In the middle of everything you move the goalposts and you change the rules of the game," he said.

"It’s like playing hockey and instead of six to 18 you have one team with eight and one with four. See how you do for 10 minutes and then we’re going to change.

"I just don’t think it’s a way to run a railroad, but I’m not running a railroad and it’s the responsibility of government to protect their citizens."

Asked if the proposals for holding an inquiry could make it impossible to establish the truth, Judge Cory, who was in Belfast to give a lecture at the city’s Queen’s University, claimed: "It may be."

Revealing that he worried about the chances of finding out what really happened, he added:

"If all the ministries involved said yes you can have everything you wanted, we’re not going to frustrate anything and there will be no motions with regard to it then I think you could (establish the truth).

"That may be beyond the realms of reality. I don’t know, but it’s possible."

This is an out and out travesty. What I want to know is, what will be done about this? Will we hear unionists rally behind the Finucane family as they attempt to attain justice? Will we hear unionists condemn the British government for, as Peter Cory alleged, 'changing the goalposts'? Will they unite together with the nationalist community in an effort to find out the full truth?

Like hell they will.

Why is it that every other person in the world would find this kind of thing absolutely disgraceful, yet the unionist community apparently have no problem with this kind of thing whatsoever?

Where is the sense of moral outrage? Where is the demand for justice? Where is the LEADERSHIP?

It is all decidedly lacking.

Far more important to piss and moan about the travel arrangements of the Irish President, isn't that right Dr Paisley?

It's enough to make you want to retch.


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