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Name first emerged at kidnap trial

Despite his prominent position in the republican movement, Alfredo Scappaticci succeeded in keeping a remarkably low profile for 30 years. But his name surfaced at the 1991 trial of Danny Morrison, Sinn Fein’s director of publicity, who was sentenced to eight years on charges of falsely imprisoning a special branch informer. In evidence, Scappaticci was described as the Provisional IRA officer in charge of questioning a police informer, Alexander ‘Sandy’ Lynch. Morrison, the court was told, had supposedly been involved in the kidnap in his capacity as the representative of the IRA’s army council and was due to sanction the death sentence at the end of the interrogation. Scappaticci was said not to have concealed his identity, implying Lynch’s fate had already been sealed. In such cases, informers’ bullet-ridden bodies were usually dumped in remote country lanes. Full Story

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