Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Former Director of Public Prosecutions of the Metropolitan Police

accused of "monumental misjudgment" by allowing undercover officers to give false testimony

police chiefs are facing increasing pressure to explain the scandal of the secret police in protest groups after the former Director of Public Prosecutions, said they had made a "miscalculation monumental "which could result in many miscarriages of justice.

extensive research on the use of cookies in the protest movement into chaos on Wednesday after the Guardian revealed allegations that the police had undercover agents harmful authorized to give false testimony the court.


government official police canceled the planned publication of a report by Bernard Hogan-Howe, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, in the use of cookies. Was expected to be unveiled Thursday morning.

The announcement came hours after The Guardian revealed that it had obtained documents showing a plainclothes policeman had hidden his identity from the court when he was charged with a group of protesters to occupy a government office.

Jim Boyling

gave a false name and occupation when he was arrested and maintained the fiction, even if his testimony under oath.

Boyling and its managers have not told the police the activists in the opinion of him being an undercover agent.

"You will not send the police to court to lie about who they are, their identity, what is their role in a series of crimes," the Lord Macdonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions . "You do not send them to the law firms that claim to be prosecuted and may be legally confidential conferences. They crossed the line and is serious, serious. "

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, who also reported the case, Macdonald said he was "very confident" of the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction, which found that agents undercover posing as defendants and lied to the court.

three judges of the Court of Appeal and quashed the conviction of 20 environmental protesters, saying crucial evidence recorded by Mark Kennedy, another undercover officer, was selected from his first trial. Another study, demonstrators accused of conspiring to enter a power plant, also had to be abandoned.

Macdonald added: "We're not talking about terrorists here, we're talking about a campaign group for the bicycle is what is so difficult to understand - that the police had taken the risk of to [hidden Officials.] in such situations, the placing on the court, not because people commit a crime, but because it discourages people to traffic. This seems to be, in the face of it, a monumental miscalculation. "

Dee Doocey

, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said: "I come to accept the fact happened is a total disregard of the judicial system .."

He added: "Who in the Met, permitted - if someone if permitted, why is authorized and the person continues to work at the Met"

Several police officers were found to have sex with activists -. Including Kennedy, seven years of implementation of environmental activist has led to the consideration of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Police

Boyling uses the name of Jim Sutton, between 1995 and 2000 in the Reclaim the Streets campaign, which organized non-violent protests against cars such as the blocking of roads and maintenance of street parties .

Boyling and demonstrators were represented by the same law firm, Bindman, as he held meetings to decide how to sensitive to be defended in court.

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