I’m sitting at the High Court awaiting the verdict in the Operation 8 trial. Whichever way it goes this case is a big failure for the police. After the biggest surveillance operation against activists this country has ever seen, the most that will happen is some far-fetched ‘association’ convictions against 4 people under a widely criticized law. Whatever the outcome, the police operation was excessive, targeted far too wide a net of people and failed to show any major organized criminal activity or prevent it. I’ll post the verdict here when it comes through.
Update 4.35pm: The judge is just dismissing the jury for the day – they will resume deliberations tomorrow morning.