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Real IRA suspect faces FBI spy

Suspected Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt yesterday faced in court the FBI spy who allegedly betrayed him to the authorities. A hush fell as David Rupert, an imposing 6ft 5in (196cm) and 20 stone (127kg), took the stand at Dublin’s special criminal court. The 51-year-old American is the chief prosecution witness against Mr McKevitt, 53, from Dundalk, Co Louth, in the Irish Republic. Mr McKevitt denies membership of the Real IRA, the dissident republican group that bombed Omagh, and of directing terrorism, the first person in the Irish Republic to face this charge introduced after Omagh, although neither of the charges are directly connected to the 1998 bombing which killed 29 people. Mr Rupert, the prosecution claims, befriended Mr McKevitt and sent encrypted emails about him to the FBI and later MI5, who together paid him a total of £750,000 for his work. Full Story

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