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MI5 given 'legal' authority to plan and commission crimes

In an unprecedented move undercover agents working for the British Security Service (MI5) and the police are to be given legal permission to commit crimes by way of maintaining their covers.

Under the legislation going before the House of Commons on Thursday (September 24), MI5, the police, the National Crime Agency and other agencies that employ undercover informants will be able to explicitly authorise them to commit crimes in order to progress a secret operation.

The decision to place MI5 criminality on a legal footing follows a major court ruling last year which found that the Security Service had an “implied” power to authorize crimes, even though those involved were not necessarily immune from prosecution.

That convoluted judgement – which only narrowly leaned toward the government’s position – prompted the decision to introduce fresh legislation.

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