Thursday, May 3, 2018

Northern Irish police to release Troubles-era report on informants

Police in Northern Ireland have agreed to release a secret special branch report on agent-handling during the Troubles that allegedly protected paramilitary informants from arrest.

The 1980 report, drawn up by the senior MI5 officer Sir Patrick Walker, is believed to have established agent-handling practices that have since been widely criticised as prioritising intelligence-gathering over other concerns. The document was commissioned by the then chief constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Sir John Hermon.

The decision to hand over the report to the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) follows an appeal to the information commissioner and a freedom of information tribunal hearing.

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