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Cory Collusion Inquiry Report
Cory Collusion Inquiry Report - Patrick Finucane
I was asked by the Government of the United Kingdom to investigate allegations of collusion by members of the security forces in the context of the deaths of Patrick Finucane, Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright and to report with recommendations for any further action. These four reports are the product of my investigation.
It is important that I should make clear what I have taken my task to involve. My task was not to make final determinations of fact or attributions of responsibility. I had the preliminary role of assessing whether there is a case to be answered as to possible collusion, in a wide sense, by members of the security forces in these deaths such as to warrant further and more detailed inquiry. It necessarily follows from this role that my findings are provisional only, and cannot be taken to be final determinations of any matter. It is right that this point should be emphasised at the outset, in fairness to the individuals referred to in the reports.
The nature of the task which I undertook was reflected in the nature of my investigation in each case. My investigations took the straightforward form of scrutiny of the documentary evidence which exists in relation to each of these cases. Given the preliminary and provisional nature of the task assigned to me, and the desirability of arriving at recommendations expeditiously, it was not necessary or appropriate for me to hear any oral evidence from the individuals referred to in my reports. Obviously, before any final findings of fact or determinations of responsibility could be made, it would be necessary for individuals to have an opportunity of answering any potential criticisms which might be made of them.
For the reasons which I have given in my reports, I have found that in each of the four cases the documentary evidence indicates that there are matters of concern which would warrant further and more detailed inquiry.
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