NI: DOJ calls for UK funding for Stakeknife inquiry
The Department of Justice has told Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers that it does not have the resources to fund the police investigation into murders allegedly committed by the IRA informant codenamed Stakeknife.
Justice Minister David Ford said the UK government must pay for the investigation, which is expected to cost over £20 million.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Barra McGrory QC, asked police to investigate Stakeknife’s alleged offences.
The investigation will be the largest ever in Northern Ireland into the activities of a single person.
PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton confirmed on Friday that detectives from other UK police forces would conduct the investigation.
Families of Stakeknife’s alleged victims had raised legal action to prevent the investigation from being carried out by the PSNI.
However, Ms Villiers has not confirmed whether funding will be provided from central government to assist the investigation.