Undercover Policing – Scotland
The Home Office has failed to extend the Undercover Policing Inquiry into Scotland and the Scottish Government has failed to order its own public inquiry into #spycops. I am taking them to Court to make sure an Inquiry is held into Undercover Political Policing in Scotland.
On 16th July 2015 Theresa May, then Home Secretary, announced a public inquiry into undercover policing. This announcement followed revelations that police officers involved in spying on political campaigners had used the names of dead children to create their new identities. They had long term, intimate relationships with women, fathered children, and in some cases acted as agent provocateurs.
We know that these activities were also carried out in Scotland.
PILU is crowd funding our case to challenge the Home Office and the Scottish Government. We have had no choice, at this stage legal aid has been refused. So we are fnnding to the permission stage.
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