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Ex-officers in Damian Green porn claims 'could face charges'

06 Décembre 2017

Ex-Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick is considering legal action against First Secretary of State Damian Green over alleged "deeply hurtful" attempts to discredit him.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the duty of confidentiality undertaken by officers continued after they left their posts. That is completely untrue.

Mr Quick defended the raid on Mr Green's Commons office, which he ordered when the Labour home secretary at the time, Jacqui Smith, demanded a police investigation into leaks to Mr Green, then a shadow Home Office minister.

Quick launched a firm response, saying, "Damian Green called me a liar in the statement he tweeted on 4 November 2017".

'Everything I have said is accurate, in good faith, and in the firm belief that I have acted in the public interest'.

He said: "During an investigation of his parliamentary office in 2008, it was reported to me and to other senior officers that a vast amount of pornography was discovered on the computer in Damian Green's parliamentary office, on his account. It's clearly sensitive, it's controversial and there is a Cabinet Office inquiry running in parallel, as you know, but today, I think it is appropriate that I say that what they appear to have done seems to me to be quite wrong".

According to the Independent, Green reached out to Cabinet Office director general for propriety and ethics, Sue Gray, to inform her about the discovery after an inquiry was launched into allegations that Green behaved inappropriately towards a young female activist.

"I did not approach the Sunday Times with this information".

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Quick, who oversaw a raid on Green's Westminster office in 2008, claimed in early November that there was a "vast amount" of pornography on the MP's personal computer. Everything I have said about this matter has been in good faith, and in the firm belief that I have acted in the public interest.

He added: 'I wish to make it clear for the avoidance of any doubt or further speculation that I am in no way motivated politically and bear no malice whatsoever to Damian Green.

'I invite Damian Green publicly to retract his allegations against me.

He accused Mr Green - Theresa May's defacto deputy - of mounting an "unpleasant and deeply personal attack upon me" and trying to 'discredit him.

Ex-detective Neil Lewis told the BBC last week he was shocked at the volume of pornographic material found on Mr Green's Commons computer and had "no doubt whatsoever" it had been amassed by the Tory MP. "I am considering legal action".

Police officers have a duty of confidentiality.

Officers come across sensitive information every day, the commissioner said, and "know full well" it is their duty to protect it.

She added her professional standards department will be reviewing the case and "if offences have been disclosed and that can be proved, it would be a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service, but there could be a prosecution".

Ex-officers in Damian Green porn claims 'could face charges'