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UK government cannot withhold ex-PM Johnson’s WhatsApp messages from Covid Inquiry: High Court

by Derek Andrews
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The UK Excessive Court docket of Justice held Thursday that the Cupboard Workplace should hand over all paperwork Covid-19 Inquiry chair Baroness Heather Hallett requests, together with former prime minister Boris Johnson’s diaries and WhatsApp messages.

The Cupboard Workplace launched a judicial assessment case towards Hallett’s request final week. Whereas Hallett argued she ought to decide which paperwork have been and weren’t related to the Inquiry, the Cupboard Workplace disagreed and took the problem to the Excessive Court docket. The judicial assessment, heard by Lord Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Garnham, dismissed the declare, deciding the Cupboard Workplace can’t withhold these paperwork from the Inquiry. Nevertheless, in consideration of privateness, Baroness Hallett should hand again whichever paperwork she deems irrelevant to the Inquiry with out displaying these to 3rd events.

Commenting on the judgement in a press release issued through social media, the Cupboard Workplace said:

The Court docket’s judgement is a smart decision and can imply that the Inquiry Chair is ready to see the knowledge she could deem related, however we will work collectively to have an association that respects the privateness of people and ensures fully irrelevant data is returned and never retained.

The Covid Inquiry, launched in Spring 2022, is ready to proceed till 2025 because the Inquiry workforce investigates the UK’s dealing with of the pandemic. The Cupboard Workplace promised to “comply absolutely” with the Excessive Court docket’s current judgement and “will now work with the Inquiry workforce on the sensible preparations.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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