*In the matter of an application by Geraldine Finucane for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland)

Human rights – Right to life. The applicant (GF) was the wife of a solicitor (PF) murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. It was suspected that elements of the British security services had been involved in the killing. GF's application for judicial review succeeded in part. The Supreme Court held that there was no sustainable evidence that the process by which the decision not to hold a public inquiry into PF's death had been taken had been a sham or that the outcome had been predetermined. Further, there had not been an inquiry compliant with art 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights into the death of PF. However, it did not follow that a public inquiry of the type which GF sought had to be ordered.

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