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Scappaticci abandons appeal
Freddie Scappaticci
Mr Scappaticci has vehemently denied he was "Stakeknife"

A legal appeal by Freddie Scappaticci, the west Belfastman who denies he was the IRA spy Stakeknife, has been abandoned.

Mr Scappaticci, 51, was not in the High Court for the brief hearing in Belfast on Friday.

Last month, he had been due to appeal against the dismissal of his judicial review when he lost a bid to force Security Minister Jane Kennedy to confirm he was not the agent alleged to have supplied the army with high grade intelligence.

That hearing was adjourned after a letter was handed into court.

The contents were not revealed and Mr Scappaticci's lawyer later declined to reveal the reason for the adjournment.

Speaking at the hearing, the Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Kerr said that in view of the withdrawal, he would make an order formally dismissing the appeal.

Scappaticci loses legal bid
18 Aug 03  |  Northern Ireland


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