McInnes welcomes Justice Committee discussions on police spying


Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today welcomed the news that the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will on Tuesday (1 December) discuss the next steps following the revelations of police spying that came to light yesterday.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today welcomed the news that the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will on Tuesday (1 December) discuss the next steps following the revelations of police spying that came to light yesterday.

Ms McInnes wrote to the convenor of the committee, Christine Grahame MSP, yesterday to emphasise that the Justice Secretary and Chief Constable must be called to account for themselves regarding serious breaches of the law on the interception of communications.

The Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) yesterday confirmed Police Scotland ‘recklessly’ breached the law on five occasions as officers tried to determine the identities of a journalist’s sources.

Those targeted by Police Scotland have been informed and could now engage the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which Ms McInnes has encouraged them to do.

Commenting on the news Ms McInnes said:

“Following yesterday’s outrageous revelation, I wrote to the convenor of the Justice Committee to ask that the Justice Secretary and Chief Constable be called to account for their actions.

“I’m very pleased that committee will be looking into what happens next, this was a violation of human rights that can never be allowed to happen again.

“Next week I shall be repeating my calls for the Chief Constable and Justice Secretary to appear before committee and asking when exactly the Scottish Government knew about this as ministers must have known Police Scotland was involved for months – what have they done about it since then? Who signed off this surveillance and why?

“This is just the latest in a series of incredibly serious and dangerous failings by Police Scotland. When will the SNP finally agree to a wider inquiry into the operations of the very force they created?”


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