Friday 15 November 2019

'PSNI lacks resources for Stakeknife probe'


Deborah McAleese

The PSNI does not have the resources to launch an investigation into the IRA's most senior double agent, it has been claimed.

Officers from other UK forces will have to be hired by the PSNI to assist in the probe into the activities of the IRA informant Stakeknife, Policing Board member Jonathan Craig warned.

Concern has been raised that the investigation, which may cover more than 40 murders, is going to drain the PSNI's already stretched resources.

Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory announced on Wednesday that he had asked the Chief Constable to launch probes into the alleged activities of Stakeknife.

West Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci has been named as Stakeknife. He has always denied he was an agent.

Potential criminal activity by handlers and other personnel within Military Intelligence, MI5 and RUC Special Branch is also to be investigated.

Irish Independent

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