Raymond Gilmour set to face MI5 in court

Raymond Gilmour, who is set to commence legal proceedings against the British Intelligence Services. (Raymond Gilmour)
Raymond Gilmour, who is set to commence legal proceedings against the British Intelligence Services. (Raymond Gilmour)

Supergrass, Raymond Gilmour, seems set to face his former MI5 handlers in court in what would be the first legal case of its kind.

The former Creggan man complained to the body responsible for the intelligence service regarding their “mistreatment” of him. Gilmour now seems set to take his grievances to the court room.

Former military agent inside both the INLA and the IRA, Gilmour, claims he was “left high and dry” by British Military Intelligence.

Legal commentators stated this week that the case would have an influence both on those agents serving in Ireland or Islamic organisations today and on how these agents are treated by the state when their mission is completed.

While the claims were broadcast on the BBC this week, the ‘Journal’ exclusively carried Gilmour’s plan to seek restitution from the British authorities in 2008.

Then the 47 year-old former RUC Special Branch and MI5 spy said he has been “blackballed” and forgotten about as nothing more than an “embarrassment” to the security forces.

Gilmour is now taking his case to the body which investigates complaints against the intelligence services, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).

Gilmour suffers from alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder and a heart condition having been hunted by paramilitaries since the trial.

“The people I have dealt with over the last few years, I assume, are from MI5, and they basically don’t give a s*** about me. A couple of years ago they stopped paying for a counsellor that helped me deal with the flashbacks and the post-traumatic stress I have had to suffer.

“Even my old RUC contacts have stopped returning calls. It’s as if I have been blackballed. You risk your life to stop others getting murdered and maimed, but in the end you are forgotten about. You are an embarrassment from the past; you are no longer useful.

“I am living on a knife edge because of my mental health, I have no financial stability, which I was promised - I have nothing.”

Statements by Gilmour to the RUC in the early 1980s led to the arrest of 35 Derry republicans.

However, the case collapsed when the then Lord Chief Justice dismissed Mr Gilmour’s evidence as being “entirely unworthy of belief.”