Spy appeals to Queen over Ulster 'murders'

A British Army agent has been threatened with imprisonment for writing to the Queen about security force collusion with terrorists in Northern Ireland.

A British Army agent has been threatened with imprisonment for writing to the Queen about security force collusion with terrorists in Northern Ireland.

English businessman Sam Rosenfeld spied on republicans for the Army's secretive Force Research Unit between 1990 and 1993. The 41-year-old builder worked his way into the company of IRA and republican dissidents in the Fermanagh and Tyrone areas during the early 1990s.

But he has since turned on his FRU handlers and taken them to the High Court in London, claiming that he was abandoned by Army intelligence officers. He also alleges he has devastating information about collusion between the FRU, loyalists and agents inside the IRA, who were allowed to murder in order to protect their cover.

The Ministry of Defence has now threatened Rosenfeld with two court injunctions to stop him going public about his work for FRU in the Irish border region.

He received his latest injunction order last Thursday, when MoD officials left court papers at his door. But Rosenfeld claims the most bizarre threat so far has been in the form of a threat to jail him for writing to the Queen about his case.

'I decided to write to the Queen because she is the Head of State, the upholder of our constitution. I wanted to tell that her armed forces in Northern Ireland were allowing murders to take place, letting their agents kill with impunity. That was 1 June 2002. Ten days after my letter, I had an invitation from the MoD to visit them. The threats to have me jailed are because of my letters to the Queen exposing collusion,' he said yesterday.

He has subpoenaed Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, and Freddie Scappaticci, the West Belfast man who denies he is the agent known as Stakeknife, to the High Court in London on 17 December. Rosenfeld claims that both men have valuable information which will prove his case that agents such as himself are under life-long risk from terrorist groups.

Solicitors acting for Scappaticci said that their client had never met Rosenfeld and would not be prepared to act as a witness in his case against the MoD.

Rosenfeld also claims that he has caught MoD officials committing perjury when they originally petitioned a judge on 27 November 2002 - and at subsequent hearings. 'I have found out from unreacted (blacked out) documents that there was nothing there that would compromise national security, yet the MoD mislead the judge - statements were altered to appear differently from what they actually were.'

Rosenfeld worked for Colonel George Victor Williams, a top FRU intelligence officer who died in the 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook helicopter crash, in which 26 senior security personnel were killed.


Henry McDonald, Ireland editor

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