Why have #BorisJohnson and other #Partygate accused been allowed to read the evidence against them?

True to type: here’s a pictorial representative of Boris Johnson reading the evidence against him. Or writing his questionnaire on Downing Street parties, having read the evidence. But not both because that wasn’t allowed (as though it made a difference)!

This is damning:

It turns out the Metropolitan Police – who sent out questionnaires that carry the same legal status as an interview under caution in a criminal investigation – were the wrong people to ask.

It seems Sue Gray – the civil servant employed by Boris Johnson to investigate whether parties happened in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was banned from socialising under Covid-19 lockdown – has been giving Johnson and her colleagues access to all the information she has.

Isn’t that perverting the course of justice?

I’ll put you out of your misery: yes it is. It interferes with a police criminal investigation by providing information to suspects that will allow them to work out a defence that may not be true. Anything that prevents police from getting to the truth is perverting the course of justice.

So Sue Gray should be arrested and charged.

I’m willing to bet that she won’t.

Here’s the evidence of what she has done:

Boris Johnson is being allowed to read evidence gathered about him by the inquiry into the No 10 parties before answering police questions, a leaked letter reveals.

Sue Gray has granted permission to everyone under investigation – all Downing Street staff and the prime minister – limited access to notes taken about them by her inquiry.

The letter, seen by ITV News, says she is allowing the access “as an exceptional measure”, pointing to the “particular circumstances surrounding this set of events”.

It means Johnson will have been able (if necessary) to fabricate a story that accommodates the evidence held by police – meaning they would be deprived of the opportunity to question any discrepancies between his story and the evidence, that may have arisen had he not seen it in advance.

If you’re struggling to understand the implications, this is equivalent to providing students with a full set of correct answers to all the questions they are likely to be asked in an examination.

And what are the “particular circumstances surrounding this set of events” that mean Downing Street staff and Johnson himself merit VIP treatment, anyway?

So much for British justice. I look forward to hearing how far the rest of us get when interviewed about a criminal offence, after we demand to see the evidence against us in light of the “particular circumstances”.

Source: Boris Johnson allowed to read Partygate evidence gathered on him before answering police questions | The Independent

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