Britain Will Introduce A "resolution In Crime" For Covert Agents
Such a bill is necessary to untie the hands of police officers and special services who investigate serious and especially serious crimes, such as pedophilia, treason, and so on. In these cases, it is necessary to introduce employees into criminal communities. According to the government, the proposed draft law introduces the concept of "permission for a crime" into the legal field for the first time, sets restrictions on their use, and restricts the list of services authorized to issue such a permit. Lawmakers note that the practice of allowing crime is not new. The law is intended to justify the actions of authorized bodies and establish a General set of security requirements for issuing such permits, including their compliance with the European Convention on human rights.
"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who put themselves in often dangerous situations in order to protect our national security and keep the public safe," said one of the initiators of the bill, the Minister of security, James Brokenshire. "In the course of this vital work, it may be necessary for agents to participate in criminal activity in order to gain the trust of those under investigation."
According to Brokenshire, such activities should be under "strict and independent control." "This is a critical capability and is subject to robust, independent oversight. It is important that those with a responsibility to protect the public can continue this work, knowing that they are on a sound legal footing," he said.
The Director of MI5's counterintelligence service, Ken McCallum, spoke in support of the law. "In some situations, it is both necessary and proportionate to authorize agents to be involved in some managed level of criminal activity, in order to win or maintain the trust of that intent on harming the UK and gain the critical information needed to save lives," McCallum explained. "This right, with its careful use and independent control, is simply necessary for us to ensure security."
Under the bill, permits to engage in criminal activity will be issued as necessary for four purposes: in the interests of national security, for the prevention or investigation of crime, for the prevention of disorder, and the economic welfare of the United Kingdom.
The number of permissions should be proportional to the expected result. To assess proportionality, it is proposed to determine whether the permitted crime is part of efforts to prevent more serious crime and whether there are other non-criminal ways to achieve the necessary result.
To avoid abuse, the bill also provides for restrictive measures. So, agents cannot get unlimited permits for all and any crimes, each of them will relate to one specific offense. The permits will be issued by a specially trained employee who will check their compliance with all necessary parameters;
In cases where agents commit crimes that are not covered by violations, the Prosecutor's office is given full powers to prosecute such violations.
Compliance with the law is expected to be monitored by an independent Commissioner for investigative powers, who is authorized to conduct inspections and undertakes to publish an annual report on their application. There is also a procedure for reviewing complaints of abuse of authority by the authorities.
There is also a list of agencies authorized to issue permits for crimes, among which, in addition to the police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the migration Department, several other structures are listed, including the office for drug control, the environmental protection Agency and the competition and markets Agency.