US lawyer criticises delay in Rosemary Nelson inquiry

A lawyer who repeatedly warned the British government that solicitor Rosemary Nelson was in danger from loyalists has criticised the delay in holding an inquiry into her murder.

Ms Nelson was killed when a loyalist bomb exploded under her car outside her home in Lurgan, Co Armagh, in March 1999.

The British government announced the establishment of an inquiry into the murder earlier this year following an investigation of several controversial killings by Canadian judge Peter Cory.

However, the inquiry has said it will not be able to begin public hearings for another year due to the large volume of evidence in the case.

Ms Nelson's family and supporters say the RUC frequently intimidated and issued death threats against her, while there was also unprecedented security activity around her home in the days before her murder.

This has led to claims that the security forces may have colluded with the loyalists who killed her.

US attorney Ed Lynch was a friend and colleague of the 40-year-old mother-of-three who repeatedly warned the British authorities and the police that she was at serious risk from loyalist paramilitaries.

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