Pat Finucane murderer moves step closer to early release

25/02/2005 - 11:46:29

The man convicted last year of murdering Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has moved a step closer to being freed under the Good Friday Agreement after he was moved to a prison in the North.

Last September, 41-year-old UDA paramilitary Ken Barrett was jailed for life by Belfast Crown Court after pleading guilty to carrying out the 1989 murder.

He was then taken to prison in England, where he would be ineligible for early release under the Good Friday Agreement.

However, his transfer to the North means he can apply to be released on licence under the terms of the 1998 peace deal.

The Finucane family have already said that they have no interest in Barrett's fate and instead want those within the "members of the British establishment who planned the murder to be brought to justice".

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