02 April 2006

Scap approaches collusion probe

Sunday Life

Superspy's solicitor contacts tribunal

by Alan Murray
02 April 2006

IRA SUPERSPY Freddie 'Stakeknife' Scappaticci has been in contact with the inquiry set up to probe the IRA killings of two senior RUC officers in 1989.

A solicitor acting for Scappaticci has approached officials acting for the Smithwick Tribunal in Dublin to seek legal representation for his client.

It is believed the tribunal is likely to hear evidence from another former British spy inside the IRA, linking Scappaticci to the brutal murder of a farmer.

Scappaticci, formerly a senior figure in the IRA's ruthless internal security unit, fled his west Belfast home in 2003, after being outed as a British spy and exposed for spilling the beans of leading republicans to TV journalists.

Judge Peter Smithwick will conduct the inquiry into the IRA murders of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan, who were ambushed near the border shortly after leaving a meeting at Dundalk Garda station.

A former Army agent who uses the pseudonym Kevin Fulton has alleged that a retired Garda passed the IRA details of the two RUC men's movements.

It's understood that Fulton, who also worked for MI5, has also alleged that the same former Garda passed information to the IRA which led to the terrorists abducting and killing Cooley Peninsula farmer Tom Oliver in July 1991, for allegedly being a police informant.

Fulton is expected to allege that Scappaticci was involved in Mr Oliver's murder.

Last week Fulton would only say: "I know details about a number of incidents and I have already informed the tribunal that I am prepared to go to Dublin to reveal what I know."

The Smithwick Tribunal confirmed to Sunday Life that a lawyer for Scappaticci had been in verbal contact with the inquiry about possible legal representation at the proceedings.

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