Human rights groups challenge extent and legality of powers to commit crimes such as torture
MI5 operates a partially secret policy that allows agents to participate in serious crimes including torture and killing, a security tribunal has heard.
In a challenge to the intelligence service’s handling of agents, lawyers for a coalition of human rights groups have questioned the legality and extent of the powers.
Some elements of what is known as “the third direction” – guidelines permitting agents to become involved in criminal conduct – have been published. Crucial details specifying whether there are limits on such criminal activity, …read more