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Real IRA trial told of £750,000 spy payment

The FBI and MI5 paid an American truck company boss $1.25m (£750,000) to spy on dissident Irish republican terrorists, the trial of the alleged Real IRA leader, Michael McKevitt, heard yesterday. Mr McKevitt, 53, of Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth, denies membership of the renegade paramilitary group and directing terrorism. He is the first person in the Irish Republic to face the latter charge, introduced after the August 1998 Omagh bomb, which killed 29 people. Dublin’s special no-jury criminal court heard that the case would turn on the credibility of the chief prosecution witness, David Rupert, who will start testifying on Monday. George Birmingham, prosecuting, said Mr Rupert, whose business had run into financial problems, built up extensive contacts with dissident republicans during frequent visits to Ireland from 1992 onwards. Full Story

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