Russian ‘spy’ deportation hearing: concern at former MI5 chief’s role

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A former head of MI5, Sir Stephen Lander, will hear secret court proceedings to decide whether Katia Zatuliveter, a Russian alleged to have been recruited as a spy, should be deported, it was agreed tonight.

Lawyers for the 25-year-old woman strongly objected to Lander’s role. Tim Owen QC, counsel for Zatuliveter, described Lander as a “cheerleader for the work of the security service” and said he should not be on the panel of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, Siac, which will hear her case.

MI5 alleges that Zatuliveter, arrested at the end of last year when she was working for Mike Hancock, Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South and a member of the Commons defence committee, was recruited by agents of the Russian intelligence service in Britain. Read More Here

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