All rights reserved. He added that families directly affected by these cases will be kept informed as they progress. The case relates to Operation Kenova, an inquiry into the Stakeknife controversy headed by Jon Boutcher, a former Bedfordshire police chief constable. The second limb of the test for prosecution, which relates to the public interest in bringing proceedings, did not therefore fall to be applied.”. Stakeknife has previously been named as 73-year-old west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci (centre in a … He had been accused of lying under oath when he denied being Stakeknife in a number of legal documents between 2003 and 2006. "We await the remaining decisions with keen interest. In 1962, at the age of 16, he was encouraged to sign for the football club Nottingham Forest although his father is said to have resisted the idea. Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice. Reports have widely named Freddie Scappaticci as Stakeknife. Four people, including two former MI5 officers and a former prosecutor, will not face criminal proceedings as part of a major investigation into a top British spy within the IRA. The agent was allegedly implicated in acts of murder and torture while leading the IRA’s mole-hunter teams. The PPS said decisions on these additional matters would be issued in due course. He added: "There are constraints on being able to fully explain my decision making rationale at this time. RTÉ.ie is the website of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Media. In 2003, Stakeknife was named as Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci. The PPS decision could mean the man accused of being the agent described by one senior British army general as “the jewel in the crown” of intelligence assets inside the IRA never appears in court. Mr Herron said: "In respect of these initial perjury related matters, I have carefully considered the evidence provided by Operation Kenova investigators in relation to the four individuals reported. "Legacy should not be judged simply through the prism of prosecutions, it must be considered as a process which provides the truth to those families who have lost loved ones.". "After a thorough analysis of all available evidence and with the benefit of independent advice from highly experienced Senior Counsel, I have concluded that in each case there is insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction for any offence.". Mr Herron said that the Evidential Test for Prosecution was not met. Further files from Operation Kenova are still under consideration relating to a range of potential offences including murder, false imprisonment and assault. Prosecutors in Northern Ireland have announced that they will not charge an alleged British army agent within the IRA codenamed Stakeknife with perjury. Freddie Scappaticci, who denies being the IRA mole 'Stakeknife' pictured at the 1987 funeral of IRA man Larry Marley. The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in Northern Ireland concluded on Thursday that there was insufficient evidence to put the man accused of being the state agent known as Stakeknife on trial for the offence. "In view of this, I wish to assure the public that decisions have been taken with absolute independence and impartiality and fully in accordance with our Code for Prosecutors.". The PPS also said it reviewed the circumstances in which a decision was taken not to prosecute Stakeknife in 2007. The three others, two former members of the British security service MI5 and a former PPS prosecutor, were considered for the potential offence of misconduct in public office. Freddie Scappaticci was tasked with silencing IRA moles while being one of the biggest himself. The 73-year-old from Belfast was accused of running the IRA spy-catching unit that interrogated and killed members of the organisation accused of being informers. Freddie Scappaticci denies being the IRA agent Stakeknife. Man accused of being state spy within IRA now unlikely to appear in court over alleged role, Thu 29 Oct 2020 14.54 GMT He took up work as a bricklayer. The PPS examined if Scappaticci committed perjury in court by denying he was Stakeknife. Boutcher told a parliamentary committee in the summer that his investigation into the Stakeknife scandal would be unlikely to result in any criminal prosecutions. Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 13:30 Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 15:29. Freddie Scappaticci sent a young boy “on a message”, as they say in Belfast, up to the home of 44-year-old Anthony McKiernan in January 1988, asking McKiernan to call by to see him. The individual is alleged to be west Belfast man, Freddie Scappaticci, 73, who denies being the Army agent who operated at a high-level within the IRA for years. PROSECUTORS … Last modified on Fri 30 Oct 2020 17.14 GMT. PPS Director Stephen Herron in a statement said: "In respect of these initial perjury related matters, I have carefully considered the evidence provided by Operation Kenova investigators in relation to the four individuals reported. Scappaticci has denied being Stakeknife. The PPS said decisions on further files from the Operation Kenova investigation team, which include a range of alleged offences including murder, false imprisonment and assault, will be issued in due course. "Most importantly, at the outset of Operation Kenova, I made commitments to provide families with our findings as to what happened in their individual cases and to deliver a public-facing report. Freddie Scappaticci has been widely named as the agent, but has always strongly denied the allegation. 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NI prosecutors decide not to charge Scappaticci with perjury Updated / Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 12:23 Freddie Scappaticci has been widely named as … The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) considered charges including perjury and misconduct in public office. "In view of this, I wish to assure the public that decisions have been taken with absolute independence and impartiality, and fully in accordance with our Code for Prosecutors.". The wider Operation Kenova is continuing to investigate activities connected to Stakeknife including murder, false imprisonment and assault. The PPS’s decision means there is little prospect of the spy appearing in any criminal trial despite a multimillion-pound police investigation into his role as a state agent inside the IRA. All the time it is alleged he was an undercover British agent passing high-grade intelligence about the IRA’s inner workings to the state. It was also amended to better reflect Jon Boutcher’s remarks to the parliamentary committee about the chances of criminal prosecutions. The PPS ruling on Thursday is connected to affidavits sworn between 2003 and 2006 as well as a decision taken not to prosecute Scappaticci in 2007. Outlining his reasons for not prosecuting all four individuals, Herron said: “After a thorough analysis of all available evidence and with the benefit of independent advice from highly experienced senior counsel, I have concluded that in each case there is insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction for any offence. Scappaticci was born around 1946 and grew up in the Markets area of Belfast, the son of Daniel Scappaticci, an Italian immigrant to the city in the 1920s. RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. 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