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SPYCOPS inquiry chairman John Mitting “sunk to new depths” yesterday when he called into question the “humanity” of anyone who might release the real name of a notorious spycop, a woman duped into a long-term relationship has told the Star.
Carlo Neri deceived women into intimate relationships while he was deployed against the Socialist Party and No Platform/Antifa between 2000 and 2006 as an officer in the Metropolitan Police’s shadowy Special Demonstration Squad.
But the spycops inquiry has ruled that his real name will not be released in order to protect his two teenage daughters.
Mr Mitting acknowledged that Neri’s real name was “known to a number of activists … and to the traditional media,” which had not published it “out of concern” for the potential effect on his family.
He said there was “nothing that I can do to prevent any of them from publishing his real name” — but added that any decision to reveal Mr Neri’s true identity “will depend upon the judgement and humanity of those who already know it.”
“Andrea,” who was engaged to Mr Neri for two years, branded that remark “grossly offensive and really unfair,” adding: “I think it’s quite demeaning to people who have been affected. It’s almost emotional blackmail.
“Basically, what he’s saying is if the victims choose to release the name, he’s calling into question our humanity.
“When you have this state-sponsored, malevolent abuse carried out against you and your humanity is called into question — dear God, Mitting, you have really pushed it this time.”
She continued: “Mitting has sunk to new depths. His complete lack of respect for victims of Carlo Neri is grossly offensive and demeaning.
“He is showing a complete disregard for people who have experienced ongoing trauma as a result of the actions of Carlo Neri and his paymasters.”
Worse still, Andrea said, “this is him having met us, but that’s had no impact. Having given details of the most distressing, intimate invasion of my life, this is Mitting’s response and I feel quite devastated.”
She said the ruling was yet another example of the “institutional sexism” displayed by the Met and abetted by the inquiry: “In what other context would a sexual abuser be given anonymity? It is only because he’s the police. That’s the only reason.”
Andrea concluded: “It’s not about me, it’s not about any of the other victims. It’s about the fact that what he did was grossly wrong.
“He was a public servant and he abused his authority. Carlo Neri should be publicly named.”
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