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Activist seeks clarity on undercover officer's Belfast role

By Michael McHugh

Published 27/10/2016

Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy

A campaigner who says he was a victim of abuses by undercover police has launched a legal challenge to force a public inquiry to be extended to Northern Ireland.

One of the former undercover Met officers at the centre of the controversy - Mark Kennedy - is alleged to have operated in Northern Ireland. An anti-globalisation activist who said he was targeted is taking action at Belfast's High Court and said it was illogical to argue that the Pitchford Inquiry was required in London but not in Belfast.

Home Secretary Theresa May launched the inquiry after a string of scandals involving undercover officers and women tricked into relationships. It could now be delayed by judicial review proceedings in Belfast.

Jason Kirkpatrick is an anti-globalisation campaigner who alleges he was targeted by Kennedy when they worked at events. He said: "With the submission of this legal action, I'm hoping to move one step further towards finding out why I was targeted in Belfast by one of the most elite undercover officers of the British state.

"It makes no sense that my being targeted in England by secret police is to be fully examined in the inquiry, but information about my being targeted by the same known officer in Belfast is to be kept completely secret."

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