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Killer Agent Sells House

(Sinead King, The People)

Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci is selling his Belfast home after settling in a new house in sunny Italy. The British secret agent - who infilitrated the IRA to bump off members of the group he branded informers - has quit Ireland for good.

His property in the Riverdale area of Andersonstown, west Belfast, is on the market to a private buyer. Estate agents are not involved in the sale. A family friend told The People: "Scap's relatives are devastated. He lied all along about what he was up to and now it turns out he was a tout.

"He's admitted it now and has defended doing it, saying he saved hundreds of lives.

"He says he should be lauded for that and not condemned.

"Freddie has been spending a great deal of time in Cassino in Italy, though he has spent some time with relatives in Manchester too.

"He now accepts he will never be allowed home and will split his time between England and Italy from now on."

It's understood that Scap feels betrayed by the establishment although his individual handlers in the Force Research Unit.

Meanwhile a senior Continuity IRA member is said to have 'disappeared' amid claims he has been a police informer. Last night a senior republican source said the claims were being investigated.

May 30, 2004
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This article appeared first in The People on May 30, 2004.

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