STEVENS SEEKS PROSECUTIONS
London police chief John Stevens, who is heading an
investigation into British Crown force collusion with loyalist
killers, revealed today his inquiries have led to new
He has already established "shocking" levels of colluson in
the murders of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane and another
loyalist victim, Adam Lambert.
But in Belfast today he confirmed he has sent files on another
eight to ten murders to the Director of Public Prosecutions in
the North of Ireland, and more were on the way.
Brian Nelson, a British military agent who acted as the
intelligence officer for a UDA death-squad, is at the centre
of the allegations.
Nelson, operating for the British Army's murderous 'Force
Research Unit', directed the UDA to kill Mr Finucane in front
of his family at their North Belfast home in February 1989.
Stevens also confirmed his 12-year-long investigation into
claims that the RUC police Special Branch and British army
units were involved in assassination plots is now centred on
an alleged top informer inside the IRA, referred to as
Stakeknife himself carried out killings on behalf of the
British Army, it has been claimed.
It is also alleged that loyalist gunmen who planned to murder
Stakeknife were re-directed by Nelson to kill a West Belfast
pensioner, Francisco Notorantonio, in order to save the life
of the British Army agent.
Mr Nelson died earlier this year in mysterious circumstances,
but Stevens claimed his investigation "know exactly what
happened and why it happened."
He said he intends to continue his investigations for another
Meanwhile, the British Secretary of State, Paul Murphy, said
yesterday that he hoped a decision on Canadian judge Peter
Cory's report into alleged collusion would be made by the end
of the year.
The Cory investigation, which was set up to recommend whether
public inquiries are necessary into certain collusion cases,
has been criticised as a delaying tactic by the families of
Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson and Robert Hamill, who all died
in controversial circumstances.
In an interview in New York, Mr Murphy said that Judge Cory
would come to London and Dublin next week to discuss his
reports with the governments, and "as soon as possible after
that we'd want to make them public."