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Sinn Féin responds to Scapatticci Judgement

18 August, 2003


Commenting after Freddie Scapatticci's case for full disclosure was dismissed in the High Court this morning, Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"A number of months ago British Intelligence comprehensively briefed the British and Irish media. Faceless and nameless securocrats in British Intelligence made a raft of serious but unsubstantiated allegations against Freddie Scapatticci.

"Mr. Scapatticci has denied the allegations in categoric terms. These allegations were made by the same people who

  • killed Pat Finucane;
  • ran Brian Nelson and used him and other agents to control and direct loyalist death squads against republicans, nationalists and Catholics;
  • continue to control and direct the unionist paramilitaries;
  • continue to target and gather intelligence, not just on Sinn Fein, but also on their own government;
  • at every turn of the peace process maliciously leak and brief misinformation to create crises and to bolster anti-agreement elements.

"This morning's judgement in the High Court will have the effect of providing further cover for the activities of these faceless and unaccountable agencies who made the allegations against Freddie Scapatticci. There should be full disclosure and an examination of the activities of British Intelligence Agencies." ENDS

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