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Police fail to close down undercover relationship case following new revelations

Today in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) [1], the police failed in their attempt to close down Kate Wilson’s [2] human rights claim [3] about secret political policing and her relationship with the undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.

This was the police’s fourth failed application to limit the extent of the IPT investigation. After seven years of litigation, they still haven’t answered the detailed claims made.

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Kate Wilson’s human rights hearing: what you need to know

Stories of undercover officers having relationships with activists have shocked the nation. On October 3rd, there is an important hearing in a case being brought by Kate Wilson against the Metropolitan Police. It concerns human rights abuses committed through her intimate relationship with Undercover Officer Mark Kennedy. Read on to find out all you need to know to support her in this case.

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I was abused by an undercover policeman. But how far up did the deceit go?

 

I was lied to by the police in a public apology that was supposed to be reparation for their deceit and abuse

In 2003 I fell in love with a man who did not exist. He was charismatic and romantic, and shared many of my interests and dreams. We lived together as lovers for more than a year. We travelled. He was close to my family, and placed himself at the centre of my world. We were the closest friends for seven years. I last saw him in August 2010. He took me for dinner, and afterwards we walked along the river and talked about our lives.

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Police admit managers supported serious human rights abuses, but try to obstruct court from learning more

  • The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has admitted that a sexual relationship a police officer had while he was undercover was a violation of her  fundamental right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane and degrading treatment

  

  • They have admitted that he had the backing of his cover officers and line manager to  have that relationship.

 

  • They are now seeking to prevent the Tribunal from examining the legality of the operations, the role of sexism and political persecution in the decisions made, and the involvement of senior commanding officers.

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