18 October 2022 A delicate balance of national security vs abuse of power

The UK Government website provides details of a recent consultation, noting, ” the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021 (CHIS Act) provides a statutory basis to authorise CHIS to participate in criminal conduct where it is necessary and proportionate to do so. Participation in criminality by CHIS has been accepted in the UK courts (and around the world) for many years . . . this is not a new capability. It is essential that CHIS can build credibility and gain the trust of those under investigation. Participation in criminal conduct will only be authorised where it is necessary and proportionate to do so, having regard to the UK’s obligations under the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights).” click here.

Salaam note: If the Government decides to repeal the Human Rights Act, is this likely to make rulings of the ECHR less effective? Another implication of Brexit!