- Aug 19, 2003
Update on the story.
A self-confessed UVF killer and police informer gave his Special Branch handlers advance information about a number of murders, a court has heard.
Gary Haggarty, the most senior loyalist ever to become a so-called supergrass, was a paid police agent for 11 years.
Belfast Crown Court heard he provided police with detailed information before and after a wide range of UVF incidents, including murders.
A prosecution lawyer described Haggarty as an enthusiastic terrorist.
He said the former Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) commander directed "cold, calculated and remorseless acts of violence."
He added that Haggarty had engaged in a litany of criminality over a period of 16 years. ..
A decision not to prosecute two retired police officers, who a loyalist killer claims directed and protected him, faces a court challenge.
Ulster Volunteer Force "supergrass" Gary Haggarty has admitted more than 500 offences, including five murders.
Most were committed while he was a paid Special Branch informer.
The former Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) commander claimed two police handlers had advance warning about many of his crimes.
Two months ago, the PPS said the former police officers would not face criminal charges.
It said Haggarty's evidence alone was insufficient to prove his allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.