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Two innocent victims may have died to protect informer

The naming of Alfredo Scappaticci will give new impetus to the quest to make a small group of army officers accountable for what are alleged to be some of the blackest deeds of the Irish “dirty war”. The army’s undercover squad, the Force Research Unit (FRU), operating independently of the police, now stands accused of conniving in the killing of at least two innocent people to protect the activities of an IRA torturer and murderer who was useful to them as an informer. The FRU is accused of arranging the loyalist murder of an elderly man, Francis Notarantonio, in 1987, to deflect loyalist attention from Scappaticci. It is also accused of involvement in the 1991 torture and killing of an Irish farmer, Thomas Oliver, whose only crime was to tip off the Irish police about suspicious movements on the border which might have endangered Scappaticci. Full Story

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