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N Ireland agent confirmed dead

Rumours that Brian Nelson, the British army double agent at the heart of the security force complicity with loyalist terrorists, might still be alive were put to rest yesterday with the discovery of a death certificate stating that he died of lung cancer in Cardiff. Nelson, 55, who compiled intelligence on Ulster Defence Association targets and passed on details of murder plots to his military handlers, was said to have died on April 11 this year. A few days later the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir John Stevens, released parts of a damning report into army and police complicity with paramilitaries. Nelson gathered information on Pat Finucane and scouted his north Belfast home for the UDA, but claimed the security forces ignored his warnings when the Catholic solicitor was shot dead in February 1989. Nelson was jailed for 10 years on five counts of conspiracy to kill in 1992, though none of the charges related to Finucane. Full Story

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