Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A new press release from Veritas at the London Assembly

Veritas at the London Assembly is continuing to campaign on the subject of Europol. It has released the following press release:

Veritas Condemn EU Police ‘Lifetime Immunity From Prosecution’

"The Police Are Not Above The Law"

Veritas at the London Assembly is calling on the Mayor to join its members in condemning the government’s acceptance of EU police officers operating in Britain with lifetime immunity from prosecution. These Europol officers will have authority to steal, lie and even kill in the course of their duties. Members of the public will have no right of redress.

The European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) Order 1997, already in force, states: "such persons shall enjoy immunity from suit and legal process in respect of acts, including words written or spoken, done by them in the exercise of their official functions." And as the Europol force is now being turned into an operational police force, this means that actual police officers will have immunity.

Damian Hockney, leader of the Veritas Group, said: "It beggars belief that the government are prepared to allow foreign police officers to operate on British soil unchecked by the law. As a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, I am deeply concerned that an outside force can operate in London without authority from the Met, completely free of any oversight or constraint."

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