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ENVIRONMENTAL activist Kate Wilson won her High Court case against Scotland Yard yesterday, after her boyfriend of two years was revealed as an undercover cop sent to spy on her group of friends.
Ms Wilson was the eighth woman to to be offered an apology and a payout by the Metropolitan Police after accusing the force of deceit, assault/battery, misfeasance in public office and negligence.
Her victory comes less than 24 hours after another woman, known by the pseudonym Andrea, revealed she is suing the Met police for the “psychological torture” she has suffered as the victim of a newly uncovered police spy.
According to a BBC Newsnight investigation, a man under the name of Carlo Neri was sent to infiltrate the Socialist Party in Hackney and targeted Andrea because she mixed with activists in the organisation.
Commenting on how Neri proposed to her in 2003 as their relationship developed, Andrea told Newsnight: “As far as I was concerned, I was going to spend my life with this man and his life was my life.”
Instead after two years together it fell apart. A recent “hunch” following the exposure of other undercover officers eventually led to the dis covery that Neri was indeed a copper.
Public Interest Lawyers solicitor Paul Heron, who is representing members of the spied-on Socialist Party, told the Star that the relationships men like Carlo Neri and Ms Wilson’s ex Mark Kennedy had with female activists is only “the sharp end of a very very big problem.
“It’s the question of legitimate political parties, as far as the state is concerned, being fair game. Notwithstanding the fact that in doing so the state is undermining the very thing they claim to uphold which is the democratic pluralist society which allows protest as part of our democratic tradition and democratic right.”
He added that his clients’ demands were twofold: “On the one hand that the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police should release the cover names of the police officers who have been involved in undercover political policing.
“Currently the inquiry has all the police officers listed as initials and numbers,” he explained.
“Our second clear issue is that my clients understand that, to put it bluntly, that police officers in some ways are just footsoldiers and we believe and we hope that the inquiry starts to consider the desk sergeants, the commissioners, the senior civil servants and the government ministers who signed this off.”
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