MI5 Agents Authorized To Commit Heinous Crimes On British Soil, Court Says
MI5 agents are authorized to commit heinous crimes on British soil, without informing prosecutors, a court in London was told on Friday.
Under a secretive MI5 policy, British spies are allowed to murder, torture, sexually assault or commit any number of other serious crimes in the UK – with few legal repercussions – if the agency deem it to be in the public interest.
Scottishlegal.com reports: Reprieve, Privacy International, the Pat Finucane Centre and the Committee on the Administration of Justice are challenging the legality of the scheme before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in London.
The groups’ leading counsel, Ben Jaffey QC, said: “It appears that the Security Service believes it could, if it thinks it would be in the public interest, authorise participation in murder, torture, sexual assault or other grave criminality in the UK.”