Twelve activists claim they were tricked into sexual relationships with undercover agents who infiltrated their environmental groups. It appears that London's Scotland Yard is trying to hush up the story.
The Times reports that 11 women and one man have lodged claims in the High Court against London's Metropolitan Police alleging they suffered emotional trauma after discovering they had been tricked into sexual relations by undercover agents.
The Telegraph reports that one of the women suing the police had a child by one of the undercover cops.
It is stated in The Times and Telegraph that London's Scotland Yard is trying to sweep the controversial claims under the rug by suggesting that some of the cases should be heard privately by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal who investigate complaints about the conduct of public bodies.
It seems the whole undercover operation came to light back in September when the information of the undercover operations were divulged by accident in a response to a Freedom of Information request.
Representative for the women, solicitor Harriet Wistrich is quoted in The Times as saying: "These women are suing for a gross invasion of privacy and the Met's response it to try and hive it off into a secret court."
Jenny Jones, the deputy chairwoman of City Hall’s police and crime committee is quoted by the Telegraph as saying:
“I’m very concerned about this because clearly the Met is trying to hide its dirty laundry. These women deserve to have their stories told and for people to understand that what happened to them was a complete betrayal of trust.
“There seems to be a trend of the State clearly trying to hide its secrets and that’s not acceptable.”
Scotland Yard's response: "They are very unusual and complex areas of law - our legal position is that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal is the proper authority to hear these cases because of the nature of them and the evidence involved, but the decision on this will be taken by a judge."