Human Rights campaigners have challenged MI5 over their policy authorising agents to engage in criminal activity.

Reprieve, Privacy International, the Pat Finucane Centre and the Committee on the Administration of Justice are challenging the legality of MI5’s policy which purports to authorise its undercover agents to commit crimes where necessary. The existence of the policy became known in 2018 and the Claimants now seek to make public the limits of that policy as well as challenging its underlying lawfulness. The claim is brought in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

Natasha Barnes is led by James Eadie QC, David Perry QC, and Victoria Wakefield QC as part of the team representing the Government.

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