09 March 2006

MI5 agent sought in Omagh probe

Daily Ireland

By Connla Young

Solicitors representing a man accused of involvement in the Omagh bomb have made a request to interview former Federal Bureau of Investigation and alleged MI5 agent David Rupert.
Peter Corrigan, from Kevin Winters and Company, confirmed last night he has informed the British Public Prosecution Service that he wants to interview the man who helped put former Real IRA leader, Michael McKevitt, behind bars for 20 years.
Mr Corrigan believes information held by Mr Rupert will prove that his client Sean Hoey did not make the Omagh bomb which killed 29 people in the Co Tyrone town in August 1998.
David Rupert was recruited by the FBI as an agent in the 1990s and encouraged to infiltrate the pro-republican organisations in the US. Information supplied by him later led to Mr McKevitt being sentenced to 20 years in 2003 for ‘directing terrorism’ and membership of an illegal organisation.
Earlier this month, it was claimed that Mr Rupert later also worked for MI5. The British intelligence agency has been accused of failing to pass on information to RUC Special Branch that the Real IRA was planning to place devices in Omagh and Derry city in 1998.
Mr Hoey’s solicitors say they want to meet Mr Rupert after it was claimed that he provided the security forces with the identities of the Real IRA Omagh bomb-makers.
Mr Hoey’s legal team maintain questions remain unanswered in respect of the information supplied by Mr Rupert. Mr Hoey denies all the charges against him.

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