RTE have today released Chapter 6 from John Stevens 2003 inquiry report looking at collusion between the RUC and loyalist paramilitaries. Ive posted the chapter below. Previously other parts of the report could be found on the official website here, but what is included below didn’t make it into that public iteration, and has just been made public today.
It clearly shows that key evidence, including the Browning pistol used to kill Pat Finucane in front of his wife and kids in 1989, was deliberately destroyed. Finucane was a civil right lawyer, and it was for his work that he was targeted and murdered. Three weeks previously a junior home office minister Douglas Hogg commented in the House of Commons that Finucane was “unduly sympathetic to the cause of the IRA”. In the context of northern politics at the time, Hogg had to know the implications. As noted in the Guardian in early 2011 the Wikileaks cables showed every knew this was a set up.
The officers involved also kept minimal records within the case “policy book” making it difficult for any subsequent investigation.
This doesn’t come as a surprise to many with an understanding or experience of historical political realities in the north, but certainly the redacted nature of the chapter release under FOI suggest that there is much that remains hidden from the public