Detective saw spy with McKevitt, court told

A detective saw alleged Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt in the company of the FBI spy testifying against him, a court heard today.

A detective saw alleged Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt in the company of the FBI spy testifying against him, a court heard today.

Detective Garda Sergeant Thomas Healy said he saw double agent David Rupert being driven to a house in Dundalk, Co Louth, by Mr McKevitt’s son Stephen.

Michael McKevitt, aged 53, then arrived at the house, and the pair later emerged together and remained talking in the garden.

American David Rupert is the key witness in the trial of Michael McKevitt of Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth, who denies directing the Real IRA and being a member of the terror group responsible for the 1998 Omagh bombing.

Yesterday defence barrister Hugh Hartnett suggested that Mr Rupert had never actually met Mr McKevitt and had fabricated a “tissue of lies” during his time in the witness box.

Earlier in the trial, Dublin’s Special Criminal Court heard that the FBI and MI5 paid the spy $1.25m (€1.11m) to infiltrate dissident republican groups.

Mr Rupert said that during his undercover operation he met the defendant on several occasions.

Mr McKevitt’s lawyers today asked Det. Garda Sgt Healy whether he took notes when he saw the meeting between Mr McKevitt and Mr Rupert at Oakland Park, Dundalk.

He said he dictated notes via microphone attached to his lapel and later transferred this information to a document which he filed.

During today’s proceedings two other members of the gardaí told the court that they saw David Rupert attending annual meetings of both Republican Sinn Fein and the 32-County Sovereignty Committee.

Detective Garda Frank O’Sullivan, a special detective based at Dublin’s Harcourt Street Garda station, said that he stopped the agent and asked him questions near a Republican Sinn Fein meeting in November 1997.

Mr Rupert gave him an address in Chicago and told him he belonged to the Irish Freedom Movement.

Trucking company boss turned double agent David Rupert finished giving evidence yesterday but the court was told that he would be available if required at a later date.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

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