IRA agent Stakeknife admits to killing informer in uncovered 1990 courtroom doc

A BBC investigation has revealed that Freddie Scappaticci, the man believed to have been one of the British Army’s top agents within the IRA, admitted in 1990 to shooting a suspected informer. Scappaticci, who passed away in April, constantly denied being the agent often recognized as Stakeknife. He is suspected of being involved in over 20 murders through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. As the IRA’s chief spy catcher, Scappaticci performed a key position within the organization’s inside safety unit, generally identified as the “nutting squad.”
In February 1989, Joe Fenton was killed after being interrogated by the IRA’s inner security unit in a home in West Belfast. No one has ever been charged with his murder. Months later, one other suspected informer, Sandy Lynch, was brought to the same property for questioning by Scappaticci and others. Lynch survived after the police raided the property, however Scappaticci had left fingerprints on an anti-bugging device’s battery. To avoid arrest, Scappaticci fled to the Republic of Ireland for a time.
Sandy Lynch, who was a police informer, went on to offer evidence in court docket earlier than getting into a safety programme. In his courtroom deposition, Lynch detailed the brutal interrogation he endured, together with being stripped, blindfolded, tied up, and taunted for hours. He also made detailed references to Scappaticci.
Lynch’s deposition included graphic remarks that he said Scappaticci had made about Joe Fenton’s demise. Instant claimed Scappaticci had tapped him two or 3 times on the back of his head and said…
“You’ll get it right there… like that bastard Fenton… He stated that he had done it.”
However, Scappaticci appeared to be untouchable, as by the time he was arrested in connection together with his fingerprint, he had already concocted a false alibi. Eight people, together with Gerard Hodgins, had their convictions related to the Lynch episode quashed after it emerged that essential info had been withheld from prosecuting authorities.
Following the Lynch episode, Scappaticci’s place in the IRA started to wane. Former IRA prisoner Anthony McIntyre told the programme…
“The IRA leadership’s reason for not executing Freddie Scappaticci again in 1990, in my view, was a results of a necessity to save tons of their very own pores and skin.”
Operation Kenova, a multi-million-pound criminal investigation into Stakeknife’s activities, is being conducted by Jon Boutcher, a former chief constable of Bedfordshire Police. Last month, Boutcher introduced that Scappaticci had died. Operation Kenova has been running since 2016, and its report may reveal details concerning the activities of agent Stakeknife, together with what was recognized about the interrogation of suspected informers before they occurred.
Solicitor Kevin Winters, who represents the households of several of those killed by Scappaticci’s IRA unit, said…
“As I understand it, there is a potential assertion that every single case that’s a topic of Operation Kenova, in every single killing, that those deaths had been preventable had there been some form of state intervention.”

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