BRITISH MP GEORGE GALLOWAY ATTACKED BY SO15 COUNTER-TERRORISM MET POLICE
UK police accused of dirty trick campaign
Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:58AM GMT
A British MP says a senior counter-terrorism officer with the London Metropolitan police has illegally entered his house and sent emails under a fake identity in a “dirty trick” campaign.
Bradford West MP George Galloway said in a parliamentary motion that the officer even slept in his house while he sent fake emails to deceive organizations including a British newspaper about his identity.
“[The House of Commons] expresses its concern at the involvement of a very senior officer in the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism branch SO15 in an apparent dirty tricks operation against the honorable member for Bradford West (Galloway),” the motion said.
“[It] notes that the officer entered [Galloway’s] London home without his knowledge or consent, [Galloway] never having met or heard of him, and he slept in [Galloway’s] home.” It added.
The MP from the socialist Respect party also explained that the officer had “operated under an alias against [him] on Facebook and elsewhere, all the while concealing that he was a senior serving officer at Scotland Yard.”
The London Metropolitan Police said it has temporarily placed the officer, who is understood to be a detective inspector, on restricted duty adding they have referred the case to the Police Complaints Commission for further investigation.