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Evidence of forme  detective who ‘exposed’ corrupt network in Met Police called into question

Police criticised over Triad 'perks': Correction

Detective Inspector David Cater and Detective Inspector Andrew Rennison: an apology

TELEVISION / Snacks for thought: Thomas Sutcliffe gets under the skin of Small Objects of Desire and on the case of Taggart

The skill of the programme-maker lies as much in the resistance of temptation as in wild flights of creativity. Given the task of making a programme about syringes, for example, it is your duty to fight down the urge to include film clips in which well-spoken nurses say, 'I'm just going to give you a little prick'; when it comes to the soundtrack you should struggle against the impulse to use Frank Sinatra singing 'I've got you under my skin'. The fact that both these things turned up inside 10 seconds on last night's Small Objects of Desire (BBC 2) suggested we should not expect too much in the way of self-denial from its makers.

Cancer doctors covered up for colleague: Review of 2,000 cases ordered by health authority after report highlights pathologist's catalogue of errors

DOCTORS failed for eight years to report a colleague's string of diagnostic errors that left 2,000 patients wondering whether they have cancer.

Andreotti 'met boss of bosses': Supergrass provides more allegations of former Italian prime minister's connections with Mafia leaders

A MAFIA pentito - supergrass - saw Salvatore Riina, allegedly the Mafia's boss of all bosses, meet Giulio Andreotti, the former prime minister, and kiss him in greeting, according to testimony published by the Senate immunity commission yesterday.

Andreotti fights back: Supergrass links Italy's veteran statesman to Mafia killings

CHILLING new allegations were made against the former prime minister Giulio Andreotti yesterday as he fought to retain his parliamentary immunity from prosecution for associating with the Mafia.

Triad 'supergrass' is jailed for five years

A TRIAD hit-man who shot a rival was jailed for five years after a court was told he became Britain's first Chinese supergrass and provided 'a unique insight' into a Chinese crime syndicate operating in this country.

Mafia loses its political protection

THE REJOICING in Italy at the arrest of Salvatore Riina, head of the Italian Mafia, is not merely due to the fact that one of the century's most terrifying criminals has been brought to justice.

Five cleared of Triad plot to kill businessman: David Connett reports on the first British court case in which a member of a Chinese criminal society gave evidence

FIVE men accused of plotting to shoot a Hong Kong businessman during an alleged Triad power struggle were cleared at the Old Bailey yesterday. A sixth man may face a retrial after the jury, unable to reach a verdict, was discharged.

Supergrass who seemed more misfit than hitman

EVIDENCE from George Wai Hen Cheung, a Triad supergrass, would 'lift the veil of secrecy' and provide a 'unique picture' of the sinister, shadowy world of Triads, an Old Bailey court was told.

Supergrass claim links Andreotti to Mafia: An inquiry into the death of a leading Italian politician has revealed collusion between the Christian Democrats and Cosa Nostra

THE VEIL is being lifted on possibly the most shameful of all the political ill-doings being uncovered in Italy: the collusion between the Christian Democrat party and Sicily's Cosa Nostra. And the name of Giulio Andreotti, many times prime minister, has emerged.

Loyalist ends hunger strike

Leonard Campbell, 44, a loyalist 'supergrass' on hunger strike in Maghaberry jail, Ulster, has called off his fast after being told he would die by the end of the week. The armed robber claims the authorities had pledged to release him.

Death of republican may be linked to feud

Jimmy Brown, a prominent member of a republican splinter group, the Irish People's Liberation Organisation, was shot dead in west Belfast yesterday. Brown, in his mid-thirties, was hit in the head by shots fired from close range and, in an organisation noted for its feuding, republicans are the prime suspects. As David McKittrick reports, the IPLO has had a brief but violent history

Appeal success

Two men had armed robbery convictions quashed after the Court of Appeal heard that the main evidence against them came from a supergrass who had been discredited because of his involvement in the plot to implicate the Manchester police officer, Ged Corley. Michael Royle, 29, and Robert Hall, 37, both from the Manchester area, had been implicated by George Allan. In 1989, Mr Corley was jailed for 17 years for robbery but cleared by the Court of Appeal in 1990.
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