UK Government Admits Bugging Lawyer-Client Calls
14:14 19.02.2015(updated 15:56 19.02.2015)
The UK Government has dramatically admitted allowing its intelligence agencies to illegally spy on lawyer-client communications and now faces a legal case brought by two victims of an MI6-orchestrated rendition operation.
The admission comes only days after its spy agency, GCHQ, was found to have breached the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
According to human rights organisation Reprieve, Abdul-hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar were tortured and rendered to Libya in 2004 in a joint MI6-CIA operation. They filed a case in 2013 with the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) concerning alleged eavesdropping by UK intelligence services on their confidential communications with their lawyers. That case is due to be heard in early March.
Ahead of the hearing, a government spokesman said: 'The concession the government has made today relates to the agencies' policies and procedures governing the handling of legally privileged communications and whether they are compatible with the European convention on human rights.
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