Northern Ireland/UK: SF candidate is asked about IRA murder of lawyer

June 2, 2017

Sinn Fein general election candidate for North Belfast.  Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A Belfast lawyer entering the political arena has declined the opportunity to unequivocally condemn the murder of fellow lawyer and politician Edgar Graham.

John Finucane has been selected as Sinn Fein’s general election candidate to contest the North Belfast Westminster seat.

He is the son of lawyer Pat Finucane, 40, who was murdered in front of his family by loyalist paramilitaries at his home in the city in 1989.

Edgar Graham was a 29-year-old barrister, Queen’s University law lecturer and Ulster Unionist assembly member. He was shot in the back of the head by IRA gunmen close to Queen’s University in December 1983.

When a current Queen’s University law lecturer stood as a Sinn Fein assembly candidate in March, he faced widespread criticism for refusing to specifically condemn the murder of Edgar Graham as a killing that could in not be justified in any way – instead, speaking of his “profound sorrow” at all Troubles-related deaths.

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/sf-candidate-is-asked-about-ira-murder-of-lawyer-1-7989688

http://www.thejournal.ie/pat-finucane-son-to-run-in-uk-elections-3369927-May2017/

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/crime/edgar-graham-s-sister-asks-sf-academic-was-it-wrong-to-shoot-my-brother-in-the-head-1-7826463

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/crime/sinn-fein-law-lecturer-won-t-condemn-ira-murder-of-qub-academic-1-7822205

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Finucane

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Graham

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One thought on “Northern Ireland/UK: SF candidate is asked about IRA murder of lawyer

  1. Maritn Flaherty 2 de June de 2017 at 22:34 Reply

    His murder should have been condemned no doubt. That said, it appears he was targeted not because he was a lawyer or for his legal work, as was the case of Patrick Finucane, but because of his political activity as a Unionist politician. That is in no way justifiable, but — unless there is information of which I am unaware — this is not a case of someone persecuted as a result of the clients he represented.

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