Thursday, November 26, 2020

PPS decides not to charge four people

PPS decides not to charge four people

Four people, including two former MI5 officers, will not face charges in connection with an investigation into the agent codenamed Stakeknife.

The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Stephen Herron, said on Thursday that decisions not to prosecute had been issued in regard to four individuals who were reported to the Public Prosecution service (PPS) by the Operation Kenova investigation team.

The multi-million pound Operation Kenova – which is led by the former Chief Constable of Bedfordshire police, Jon Boutcher – is investigating a number of Troubles-era cases including allegations of criminality against Stakeknife.

The high-ranking agent reputedly ran the IRA “nutting squad”, which interrogated and murdered suspected informers.

Stakeknife has previously been named as 73-year-old west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci.

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