16 January 2004
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Army spy in bid to expose agents life of crime
A man who admits spying for the British Army in Fermanagh in the 1990s is mounting a legal bid to expose another army agent still living in Enniskillen.
Sam Rosenfeld, a Londoner, lived in Irvinestown for three years until 1993 under the assumed name of Tommy Doheny. He says he worked undercover and passed intelligence information to his army handler.
The spy says he worked closely with another man, who is still living in Enniskillen. Rosenfeld says he wants to expose this man who has been involved in serious crime, including drug dealing, money laundering and bringing subversives into Northern Ireland.
However, the man was allowed to continue his life of crime because he was an agent for the security forces.
Even more seriously, Rosenfeld believes the man has questions to answer over a persons suspicious and violent death in the county.
There was an investigation into that loss of life, and I believe he was there that day the person died, said Rosenfeld. At the end of the day, human life is sacred. Nobody has the right to take life, and cover it up with the excuse of national security.
Rosenfeld has given the name of the intelligence agent to the Impartial Reporter, but we are not publishing it for legal reasons. The former spy has been keeping his identity secret since leaving Northern Ireland in 1993, but voluntarily emerged into the public eye last week when he served a witness summons on alleged Belfast agent, Freddie Scappaticci, alias Stakeknife. He says he is responding to attempts by the Ministry of Defence to have him arrested to silence him.
I want to get these people into court to answer questions which will clear my name, Rosenfeld told the Impartial Reporter. Another man in Enniskillen is well-known and apparently respectable. But I want to see him held accountable, he destroyed my life.
Rosenfeld alleges that while in Fermanagh, he spied on terrorist groups, passing on information. He worked solely with the Enniskillen agent he is now pursuing through the courts.
Stupidly, I trusted the Army, said Rosenfeld. I didnt do anything wrong, and everything they asked me to do he was involved in. But then I discovered that he was involved in all sorts of crime, which was swept under the carpet because he was gathering intelligence for the Army.
As Rosenfeld became increasingly disillusioned in the early 1990s, he claims he was ruthlessly dealt with. Firstly, his home was raided by security forces, and his partner, pregnant at the time, subsequently lost her baby.
Then he was charged in connection with a stolen car; charges which he believes were fabricated to discredit him. When it came to court in 1993, he was told to leave Northern Ireland.
There isnt a morning I waken up but dont think of that little daughter who is buried in Breandrum cemetery in Enniskillen, says Rosenfeld. And before I go to bed at night, I think of her. I cant even go to see her grave.
I have never been told the reason for the raid on my home which led to her death. A police officer laughed in my face at my loss at the time, and said youre next. I have suffered a great deal as a result of all this.
Rosenfeld insists: That man in Enniskillen and all the others must be exposed. He is not an innocent man; he knows who I am talking about and I will not rest until I get him into a court of law.
An emotional Rosenfeld went on: I sat in an office in Aughnacloy with an Army Colonel, who told me to forget what happened to me and move on. How can I? I need answers, I need closure. Ive been fobbed off for 11 years; they can shoot me, they can cut me into pieces, but as long as I have a breath, Ill keep going until I see these people in court.
Claims of crime during undercover work by British agents in Fermanagh during the Troubles are not new. Following revelations that the Armys Force Research Unit engaged in murky activities throughout the Province have led to a file being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions on Gordon Kerr, a senior officer based at St. Angelo barracks near Enniskillen. Sam Rosenfelds army handler was a member of FRU, the group within the army responsible for tough counter-terrorism measures. It has been alleged that this units activities resulted in collusion with loyalists involved in murder.