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McKevitt 'upset' by Omagh bomb

The alleged leader of the Real IRA was very upset about the Omagh bombing, the main prosecution witness in his trial has said. Michael McKevitt, 53, is the first person to appear at Dublin’s non-jury Special Criminal Court charged with directing terrorism. The offence was one of a range of measures introduced by the Irish Government in the wake of the Omagh bombing in 1998. The County Louth businessman is also charged with membership of an illegal organisation. He denies the charges. Chief prosecution witness David Rupert, an FBI and MI5 agent who is alleged to have spied on the Real IRA, said he “immediately clicked” with Mr McKevitt when they first met in August 1999 over tea at a hotel in County Monaghan. He said Mr McKevitt had told him he was very upset about the Omagh bombing. Mr Rupert said he was told the bomb had been a joint operation. Full Story

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