Published Thursday November 5 2020
Opening submissions were made to the Inquiry by Matthew Ryder QC on behalf of the clients that Bhatt Murphy represents. These include families who suffered bereavements, campaigners for justice and police accountability and elected representatives.
The submissions highlight the discriminatory nature of the surveillance and make the point that the only plausible explanation for the spying was to frustrate police accountability:
“The targeting of campaigns around the deaths of black and Asian people or the activities of black MPs, uncomfortably mirror the very complaints that campaigners were making about the disproportionate policing of black people and the lack of respect for the rights of black and Asian communities. It is shocking that in doing no more than seeking accountability by lawful means these families became the focus of unwarranted suspicion, and of covert and intrusive policing that the public might understandably presume would be reserved for those engaged in serious criminal activity, not civil liberties campaigners.”
The full submissions can be read here.