Arrests Under Official Secrets Act Linked to Espionage Suspicions
Scotland Yard has announced the arrest of two individuals under the Official Secrets Act in connection with allegations of espionage and their involvement in an alleged spying case for China. The arrests came following a report published in the Sunday Times, which brought the matter to public attention.
Metropolitan Police Statement
The Metropolitan Police Service issued an official statement confirming the arrests and the nature of the suspicions. According to the statement, on March 13th, officers from the Metropolitan Police arrested two men suspected of offenses under section 1 of the Official Secrets Act, 1911. The arrests were made as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged espionage-related activities.
Details of the Arrests
The individuals arrested in connection with this case include a man in his 30s, apprehended at an address in Oxfordshire, and another man in his 20s, arrested at an address in Edinburgh. Following their arrests, searches were conducted at the residential properties of both individuals, as well as at a third location in east London.
Police Bail and Ongoing Investigation
Subsequent to their arrests, both individuals were taken to a south London police station for further processing. They were subsequently released on police bail, with their cases scheduled for a hearing in early October. The investigation into this matter is being conducted by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, which specializes in investigations related to allegations of Official Secrets Act violations and espionage-related offenses. Enquiries are continuing to uncover further details related to the case.
In summary, two arrests have been made under the Official Secrets Act in connection with allegations of espionage, with the investigation ongoing. These arrests were prompted by a report in the Sunday Times, and both individuals have been released on police bail pending further developments in early October.