35 MI5 officers seek anonymity in RIRA trial

The trial began today of three men charged in connection to what police believe was an attempted international gun-smuggling operation for republican paramilitaries. They were originally charged in June 2006 following a high profile joint PSNI and Security Service operation in Armagh and Fermanagh. The extent of the MI5 involvement in the operation can be seen by the prosecution’s application for anonymity for the 35 Security Service agents due to give evidence in the trial.