Undercover MI5 spies 'paid performance bonus'

10 June 2010
Belfast Telegraph

Undercover MI5 agents get paid performance bonuses, it has been claimed at the trial of three men facing charges arising from a sting operation against a Real IRA arms smuggling plot.

As the prosecution of three Co Armagh men wound up at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, it was revealed that an agent involved in the sting — ‘Amir’ — was paid “performance bonuses” of £1,000 on three occasions.

Lurgan men Desmond Paul Kearns (44) and Paul Anthony John McCaugherty (43), and Dermot Declan Gregory (41) from Crossmaglen, deny a total of eight charges.

One MI5 officer was asked if he was not aware of bonuses being paid, replied: “Of course I am aware that people get paid bonuses.” Another agent accepted that in “contact notes” reference was made that Amir had been paid bonuses totalling £3,000 in 2005.

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