New Zealand's Raid On Investigatory Journalist Was Illegal
from the all-these-raids dept
Back in the fall of 2014, we wrote about a highly questionable police raid on the home of Nicky Hager, a well-known journalist who had published powerful pieces criticizing the government (and who was working on some investigations concerning the Snowden documents and New Zealand’s involvement in mass surveillance). The wonderful Freedom of the Press Foundation (who helped raise funds for Hager’s legal defense) has now alerted us to the fact that the raid on Hager’s home was deemed illegal by New Zealand’s High Court:
The judge found that the search was illegal. He said that the Police had failed to disclose relevant information to the Judge who issued the warrant. As a result, he formally declared that the warrant was ?fundamentally unlawful?. He also found that the search was therefore unlawful. Justice Clifford also expressed concerns about other aspects of the Police?s actions.
This reminds me of the raids on Kim Dotcom’s house as well, which involved a bogus warrant. Though, in that case, the High Court, after admitting that the warrants were not drafted properly, decided they were “good enough.” Either way, those are the only two law enforcement raids in New Zealand, and both came under sketchy circumstances, where the police couldn’t be bothered to actually follow the rules. What’s going on down there?