MI5 betrayed us, claim informers; Duo who infiltrated IRAset to sue State after payments were cut off EXCLUSIVE
LIAM CLARKE5 February 2013
A LAWYER acting for a former spy who worked inside the IRA has accused theHome Office of trying to bully his client and other agents out of taking legalaction against the State.Martin McGartland has been left penniless after MI5 stopped a standing orderit was paying to him and his partner Jo last month.The news comes as Raymond Gilmour, another Troubles-era police agent andsupergrass, was refused any help by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), asecretive body set up to examine complaints against the intelligence services.The IPT refused to explain its decision and told him there was no appeal.Both men have suffered posttraumatic stress disorder and wake up screamingfrom nightmares in which republicans track them down.In the case of Mr McGartland, the nightmare has already come true twicealready.He has been left disabled, and his partner Jo has been his fulltime carer since1999. That was the year he was hunted down and shot while living under anew name in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear, England.His double identity was revealed over a speeding charge. He was eventuallyacquitted.Mr McGartland was already suffering from injuries he sustained jumping froma third floor window to escape an IRA interrogation squad that kidnapped himin 1991. After the shooting Mr Mc Gartland was advised by MI5 not to claimState benefits, such as invalidity benefit, because he would have to reveal hisidentity to explain his injuries
creating a danger of him being traced again.