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Britain's IRA agent Scap told me he had my son shot in the head... so why won't police investigate?

Frank Mulhern's son, Joe, was shot dead by the IRA in 1993 and he claims Freddie Scappaticci told him exactly how his son had died

CALLS have been made for Britain's IRA agent Freddie Scappaticci to be investigated over his role in more than 30 collusion murders during the Troubles.

Victims' families are planning a legal challenge over the state's failure to investigate the activities of the alleged top British army spy code-named Stakeknife, believing he is being protected from prosecution.

The development came as the father of one IRA victim, shot dead as an alleged informer in 1993, claimed that Scappaticci, as head of the IRA's "nutting squad", told him exactly how his son died.

Frank Mulhern said that during a chance encounter the IRA man told how he ordered a gunman to shoot his son Joe in the head after a first bullet missed and wounded him in the neck.

The west Belfast man, who has demanded to known why Scappaticci has not been questioned about his son's murder when his handlers would have been aware of what was going on, said he believed the agent was still being protected.

Mr Mulhern, one of the relatives taking civil action against Scappaticci, the MoD and the chief constable, urged anyone who believes the IRA man was involved in the murder of their loved one to come forward to build a bigger case.

"If the PSNI are supposed to be an independent policing organisation why are they not investigating this?" he asked.

"[The IRA] claimed my son was an alleged informer. It has never been proven... I don't feel any stigma and neither should any other family. But what does worry me is that I can't get this man Scappaticci to court.

As far as I'm aware his still being protected.

"People have nothing to fear by coming forward and speaking out."

Solicitor Kevin Winters of KRW Law, who is representing the families in their civil action, called for a major police investigation.

Scappaticci, who has denied all claims against him, fled his west Belfast home shortly after he was exposed in 2003. He is believed to be living in the north of England.

 

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