Scotland Lawn has actually suggested its deputy commissioner is too busy to be cross-examined in a legal case about an undercover officer who tricked a lady into a long-term sexual relationship.
Sir Stephen Home is an essential witness in the legal claim being brought against the Metropolitan cops by Kate Wilson, an ecological and social justice activist who was tricked into a two-year intimate relationship by undercover officer Mark Kennedy.
Wilson is declaring that Kennedy, who infiltrated ecological and leftwing groups in between 2003 and 2010, infringed her human rights. At an earlier stage of the legal case, cops confessed that Kennedy’s supervisors knew that he was deceiving her and enabled the deceptiveness to continue.
This week, Wilson’s lawyers applied to cross-examine House, the Met’s deputy commissioner, when the main hearing in her case is held next month. Charlotte Kilroy, Wilson’s QC, sought to challenge his proof, which she stated was “main” to the Met’s defence in the case.
Home has submitted four witness statements about Kennedy and his supervisors, making use of 10,000 pages of internal documents.
He is the only previous or serving policemans who has actually submitted evidence to the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) which will adjudicate Wilson’s claim. No other police officers are because of offer live proof to the IPT when it sits to hear Wilson’s case over 7 days from 19 April.
At an initial hearing of the tribunal on Monday, attorneys for the Met resisted her application, arguing that House must not be diverted from his other duties.
Home has actually been at the centre of the Met’s defence of its handling of the protests over the murder of Sarah Everard. On Sunday he accompanied the Met commissioner, Cressida Penis, to a conference with Sadiq Khan when the mayor of London demanded an explanation of the Met’s conduct at a vigil for Everard the previous night.
David Perry, QC for the Met, argued that it was not required for Home to be cross-examined by Wilson’s attorneys.
” To require [him] to attend to be cross-examined will inevitably need numerous days of extensive preparation. [He] is a senior officer who would otherwise be engaged in essential operational responsibilities,” Perry told the initial hearing.
Perry also argued that there was “absolutely nothing [Home] could usefully add” to his witness statements as he did not have direct understanding of Kennedy’s deployment.
He added that it was not regular for witnesses to be called to give proof face to face at the investigatory powers tribunal, which examines claims that the state has actually abused its surveillance powers. The application to cross-examine Home was not granted.
Wilson is among a considerable number of ladies who have actually discovered that undercover officers who infiltrated political groups in a four-decade hidden operation had tricked them into intimate relationships. According to official policy, such relationships were prohibited.
At an earlier hearing of the IPT, the Met admitted that it covertly kept track of and tape-recorded her personal activities during her relationship with Kennedy.
Formerly secret files taped how Wilson and Kennedy often stayed together, visited her parents’ home, and went on vacation. They chronicled journeys the couple made to the movie theater, a museum and a show, along with a see to the college where she had studied.
Wilson is among at least 12 females who have actually successfully taken legal action against the Met in civil cases and forced cops to admit that undercover officers had tricked them into relationships that were “violent, deceitful, manipulative and wrong”.
Wilson launched further legal action by taking her case to the IPT as she wants to reveal the full truth about Kennedy and his managers.
Revelations about the misleading relationships helped to oblige the government to establish a judge-led public inquiry which is scrutinising how at least 139 undercover officers have actually spied on more than 1,000 political groups since 1968. The query is due to resume on 21 April.