Posted on December 18, 2018
A specialist team is investigating allegations of murder and torture by the agent codenamed Stakeknife. He has been named by the media as Freddie Scappaticci from west Belfast. The 72-year-old has been linked to dozens of murders while working as a member of the IRA’s internal security unit. He has strenuously denied the allegations. The team is also examining alleged criminality by current and former police officers, members of the Army and MI5 and former members of the IRA.
It has been revealed that detectives have interviewed 129 people, including an unspecified number of suspects from within the security forces and the IRA. The investigation, known as Operation Kenova, began in January last year and is being led by Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, from Bedfordshire Police. “This investigation has been hugely complex and, at times, challenging, but the team has been steadfast in its approach to gathering every possible piece of evidence,” he said in a statement.