Secret intelligence documents released within a report on the murder of solicitor Mr Finucane suggest the army’s shadowy Force Research Unit (FRU) was encouraging UDA agent Brian Nelson to organise a murder plot. However, other sections of the intelligence services were fearful of the consequences of the army being connected to the killing of an MP. The intelligence report dated May 21 1987 notes that they were ” perturbed that FRU have paid insufficient regard to the wider implications of this operation”. It adds : ” If the attempt on Adams is to be repeated particularly before the general election ( and Nelson’s links to the army revealed )… then British intelligence and ( the government ) could face accusations of having conspired in the murder of a prospective MP with all the attendant adverse consequence.” The intelligence report author feared that FRU was pushing to ” re-enforce ” Nelson’s ” standing with the UDA “.
The army and the RUC halted the plan to place a bomb on the roof of Mr Adam’s car by increasing ” activity ” in the area. Mr Adams had survived being shot three times in a UDA attack three years earlier. Yesterday the family of Mr Finucane, above, dismissed Sir Desmond de Silva QC’s report. His widow Geraldine described it as ” a sham…. a whitewash…. a confidence trick “. Mrs Finucane renewed her call for a FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY into the murder of her husband in 1989. She said the British government had suppressed the truth and attempted to put all blame on dead individuals and disbanded organisations while exonerating ministers, serving officers and existing security agencies. ” Yet another British government has engineered a suppression of the truth behind the murder of my husband, Pat Finucane, ” Mrs Finucane said. ” At every turn it is clear that this report has done exactly what was required – to give the benefit of the doubt to the state, its cabinet and ministers, to the army, to the intelligence services and to itself. ”
A lawyer representing the families and wounded of Bloody Sunday says he is “staggered” that the PSNI have still made no attempts to either question or arrest any former soldier involved in the 1972 massacre.
Peter Madden, of Madden & Finucane Solicitors, last night hit out at the police’s “abject failure” to progress the murder investigation which was announced back in July. The lack of progress was confirmed in a PSNI letter to Madden & Finucane this week.
The correspondence confirmed that, besides the initial “scoping exercise” into the murders, PSNI have yet to further the case for soldiers’ prosecutions and have yet to appoint a family liaison officer to work alongside families and those who were wounded on January 30, 1972.
At the time of going to press, police still hadn’t responded to a ‘Journal’ query into the matter.
Families of those murdered have expressed disbelief following the revelations.
Joe McKinney, whose brother William was shot dead in Glenfada Park, also says he is “extremely angry”. Citing the example of another historical murder inquiry, he demands a “level playing field” when it comes to investigating crimes committed by the armed forces.
“I read a newspaper report in recent months concerning the trial of a man accused of murdering Captain Robert Nairac in 1977. The Crown barrister opening the prosecution said that the passage of time must not absolve those accused of heinous crimes being brought to justice, but it appears to me to grant absolution if the person responsible for the crime wore a British Army uniform,” Mr McKinney told the ‘Journal’.
“I am extremely angry that there does not appear to be a level playing field and that those responsible for the murders committed on Bloody Sunday are not being pursued with any genuine conviction or rigour by the PSNI.”