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Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, from Bedfordshire Police, will lead an independent team to conduct the investigation into a range of activities surrounding an individual codenamed Stakeknife. Many are concerned at the involvement of this alleged State agent in kidnap, torture and murder by the Provisional IRA during ‘the troubles’ and believe they were preventable.

The focus of the investigation will be to ascertain whether there is evidence of the commission of criminal offences by the alleged agent including but not limited to, murders, attempted murders or unlawful imprisonments attributed to the Provisional IRA. It will also look at whether there is evidence of criminal offences having been committed by members of the British Army, the Security Services or other government personnel.
 
The overriding priority of the investigation is to discover the circumstances of how and why people died, to establish the truth regarding those offences covered within the Terms of Reference .    

You can find all the latest updates on the investigation on this website, including a video from the press conference announcing the launch of Op Kenova.