Metropolitan Police targeting communications of lawyers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4254
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the government disclosures in the case (IPT/13/132-9/H) brought by Abdel Hakim Belhaj and others against the security services, has the Metropolitan Police ever targeted the communications of lawyers?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police targeting communications of lawyers

Answer for Metropolitan Police targeting communications of lawyers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is not the MPS policy to target the communications of lawyers.

It is not possible to answer this question from Crime Investigation Unit (CIU), DPS or CT RIPA application records. The occupation of subjects is not recorded within a searchable field within the application and oftentimes not at all, as the applicant officer may not know the identity of the person to whom the communications identifier (i.e. telephone number, IP address etc) refers.