What's good for the goose eh?

Poor old unionism. Poor old Flaky. Their little world is crumbling round
their feet.


Stakeknife's victims may sue British

(by Suzanne Breen, Sunday Tribune)

The families of the victims of Stakeknife, the most senior spy
discovered in IRA ranks, could sue Freddie Scappaticci and the British
government for the murder of their loved ones.

Stakeknife is believed to have been involved in the death of up to 40
people during his reign in the Provisionals' internal security unit.

The Sunday Tribune has learned their relatives would be free to sue both
Scappaticci and the British state if a new police investigation leads to
criminal charges.

A civil case against Scappaticci, whom it is alleged is Stakeknife,
would mirror the action being taken against former Real IRA leader
Mickey McKevitt and the suspected Omagh bombers.

Scapatticci amassed a personal fortune in his work for the British Army
undercover Force Research Unit (FRU). Since he fled Belfast, he has
lived in Italy and Tenerife.

A case against the British government would be similar to that which has
been initiated by IRA victims against Libya for supplying republican

It hinges on the outcome of a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
investigation into Scappaticci for perjury. Assistant chief constable
Peter Sheridan has confirmed to the human rights' group, British-Irish
Rights' Watch, that Scappaticci is under investigation for the offence
which carries a mandatory prison sentence.

The PSNI investigation will last around two months. After that, a report
will be sent to the public prosecution service.

Three months ago, former British intelligence handler, Martin Ingram,
alleged to the PSNI that Scappaticci had committed perjury when he swore
an affidavit that he was not Stakeknife. Ingram, who previously outed
Scappaticci as an informer, believes the families of Stakeknife's
victims have a right to compensation.

Ingram also claims a senior PSNI officer personally confirmed to him
that Scappaticci was Stakeknife while the officer was a member of the
Stevens' team investigating collusion.

In an affidavit in February 2004, which has been seen by the Sunday
Tribune, Scappaticci said "a large number of newspapers identified
myself as Stakeknife . . . I strenuously deny this allegation and have
already attempted to clear my name of this allegation through the

But the affidavit also demanded Ingram be prosecuted for breaching the
Official Secrets' Act and "his contractural duties of confidentiality"
as a former British Ministry of Defence employee.

Ingram contacted the PSNI about Scappaticci's alleged perjury earlier
this year but the investigation began after British-Irish Rights' Watch
raised the matter with Assistant Chief Constable Sheridan.

The investigation is headed by one of the North's most senior officers,
det chief supt Phil Wright. Sources told the Sunday Tribune: "The state
has never admitted Scappaticci is Stakeknife but that could change if
they are forced to prosecute him for perjury.

"While he was working as an agent, Stakeknife killed IRA men who were
informers and others who weren't touts but who had to be killed to
protect his cover.

"An entire FRU unit was devoted to Stakeknife so top British
intelligence officers knew everything he was doing. The state was
implicit in many murders."

Stakeknife's victims include IRA informers Joe Fenton and Paddy Flood
and IRA man Anthony McKiernan.