IPT judgment: Security services intercepting client-lawyer communications

29 April 2015

In a ruling today, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ordered GCHQ to destroy legally privileged communications it unlawfully collected from Libyan rendition victim Sami al-Saadi. 

During an earlier hearing James Eadie QC, for the Government, argued that making a public determination could endanger public safety and urged the Tribunal to abide by the spies' policy of 'Neither confirm nor deny'. This argument was rejected by the IPT.

James Welch, Legal Director for Liberty, said: “Even the secretive IPT didn’t buy the Government’s utterly shameless attempts to bury their illegal activities beneath all-too-familiar cries of ‘neither confirm nor deny’. 

"Once again the security services’ contempt for our privacy – and their desperation to keep us in the dark about their actions – is laid bare.”