UK government demands Covid inquiry returns irrelevant evidence

04/08/2023 | openDemocracy

The government has requested that the Covid inquiry return some of the evidence it provided. The inquiry has confirmed that it has now received all the materials required by the Section 21 notice issued to the Cabinet Office in April, including Boris Johnson's unredacted WhatsApp messages from before May 2021. However, the government has made a further request under the same law asking the inquiry to return evidence it deems irrelevant. openDemocracy reports that this type of request isn't generally used for this purpose, as irrelevant material isn't meant to be disclosed by an inquiry. The inquiry has not yet confirmed the scope of the request, but a decision from its chair will be issued soon.

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