Finucane, Re Application for Judicial Review: SC 27 Feb 2019

(Northern Ireland) The deceased solicitor was murdered in his home in 1989, allegedly by loyalists. They had never been identified, though collusion between security forces and a loyalist paramilitary was established. The ECHR and a judge led inquiry had said that a proper investigation was required. A promised inquiry under the 2005 Act was objected to by the claimant, but a public inquiry was rejected in 2011, and an independent review ordered. That review had its own difficulties.
Held: The claimant had a legitimate expectation of a public inquiry, but the decision against was not made in bad faith and was made on genuine policy grounds. There had been an article 2 compliant investigation.

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[2019] UKSC 7, [2019] NI 292, [2019] Inquest LR 71, [2019] HRLR 7, [2019] 3 All ER 191
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Northern Ireland
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ECHR Grand Chamber – Article 3
Inhuman treatment
Positive obligations
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