British activist awarded £ 230,000 for being tricked into a relationship with an undercover investigator


An environmental activist, fooled by a nearly two-year relationship with an undercover investigator, was awarded compensation of nearly £ 230,000 after winning a groundbreaking court proceeding against the Metropolitan Police Department for her human rights abuses.

Kate Wilson, 41, began her relationship with Mark Stone shortly after her first meeting with Mark Stone in 2003, a year before her friendly split when she emigrated to Spain in 2005. I had the “romance of a whirlwind”.

In 2010, Wilson noticed that he was a married police officer called Mark Kennedy. He was dispatched to spy on activists as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NPIOU).

On Monday, the Tribunal for Investigation (IPT) will pay Met and the National Police Commissioner’s Council (NPCC) a total of £ 229,471.96 (about $ 310,000) to Wilson “just for satisfaction with the breach” under the European Treaty. I ordered. About human rights.

Helenball, an aide to professionalism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said: And monitoring. As a result, Mr. Wilson’s human rights were violated.

“In establishing a sexual relationship, Kennedy’s actions violated the training and guidelines undercover investigators he received at the time. However, the courts were poorly trained and male undercover agents had relationships with women. We have decided that more should be done to consider the risks of building. We accept these findings. “

Kennedy had sexual relations with as many as 10 other women during his deployment. This includes a relationship with a woman known only as “Lisa,” which lasted six years before discovering her real name passport.

He was one of the six undercover agents of NPIOU or its “sister unit”, the Special Demonstration Corps (SDS), with whom Wilson came into contact between 1998 and 2010.

Wilson has filed proceedings against Met and NPCC for inhumane and degrading treatment and infringement of her right to privacy and freedom of expression.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the NPCC have acknowledged that Kennedy’s actions represent an infringement of these rights, but do other officers other than Kennedy and his cover officer know that Wilson has a sexual relationship with Kennedy? I denied what I was suspicious of.

In a September decision last year, Met’s allegation that the IPT knew that undercover agents (UCOs) were banned from sexual relations was “(Kennedy) (and other UCOs) either question. It was substantially impaired by the frequency of sexual relations without even doing so. ” Or actions taken by senior officers. “

The IPT also found that Met and NPCC’s failure to prevent the risk of UCO having a sexual relationship with a woman was equivalent to tort discrimination against women.

The court concluded that:

“Our findings that the authorization under (Regulation of Investigatory 2000) had a fatal flaw and could not be justified as” necessary for a democratic society “were at the most fundamental level. Reveals anxiety and sad failure in. “

The NPCC said there have been “significant” changes to the undercover investigation since the Kennedy case came to light.

Alan Pughsley, Chief of Police, NPCC Leader of Undercover Investigation, said: Currently, Cover Officers and their supervisory and administrative tasks are required to complete standardized training courses tailored to their role.

“Psychological health and well-being of undercover investigators are important considerations in their recruitment, training and deployment. In addition to relevant laws, regulations and rules in force, undercover investigators’ actions Complies with the National Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics of the University of Police.

“The legal restrictions on their activities, such as the core concept of deployment that undercover investigators and those permitting their deployment need to be necessary and proportional, and the need to minimize the intrusion of collateral into the private lives of others. Important work is being done to ensure that you understand.

“Undercover deployment monitoring is maintained at an advanced level. At least Assistant Chief Constable Rank or equivalent allows deployment, and for deployments longer than 12 months, this is done by Chief Constable or equivalent. The independent Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office will be notified and scrutinized for the deployment of secrets.

“As the court in this case admitted, undercover investigations are still an effective and important tactic in the fight against serious organized crime. Officers in these roles are exposed to great danger every day to protect the public. It has been.

“Police will continue to review current policies to ensure that tactics are used legally and ethically and that all police officers maintain the highest professional standards.”

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