Controversial Police Sting Tactic Under Legal Question.
A police tactic used in the capture of several high-profile killers, including that of the late Daniel Morcombe, is in the process of review. Police have long relied on the “Mr Big” tactic as a last resort to catching major offenders. The tactic involves undercover policemen luring suspects into fake criminal organisations in an attempt to draw confessions of murder and other major criminal activity.
However, this strategy is being placed under threat after legal action has been taken in Canada in order to remove the use of the “Mr Big” sting tactic. The legal action taking place regards the violation of a person’s right to remain silent and the right against self-incrimination.
This issue has been brought to light by Steve Lillibeun of The Age, who wrote an article entitled “Mr. Big sting tactic faces legal threat” on 19/05/2014.
The court’s decision on this issue could redefine the way major criminal violators are brought to justice in Australia. Multiple defense lawyers state that the “Mr Big” sting tactic’s validity has been in question and that if changes are made in Canada, they will be closely mirrored by the Australian Court as well.