Police actions in Dotcom case need independent review, say Greens

Press Release: Green Party
The actions of the Police in connection with the Kim Dotcom case need to be scrutinised by an agency such as the Independent Police Conduct Authority, Green Party Police spokesperson David Clendon said today.

Chief High Court judge Helen Winkelmann yesterday ruled that search warrants used in the Kim Dotcom raid were invalid.

“Given that our Police and Crown lawyers were working on behalf of the United States they should have made certain that New Zealand’s laws weren’t trampled on,” said Mr Clendon.

“The original raid on Mr Dotcom’s house was like something from a bad Hollywood movie.

“The fact that this raid involved search warrants now found by a High Court judge to be invalid is of great concern.

“New Zealand agencies should not ignore basic legal guidelines and safeguards in order to assist other countries legal services,” said Mr Clendon.

“Given the disquieting information that has emerged about this case to date it may be necessary for a formal review of how New Zealand’s justice services interact with foreign governments’ criminal investigation services.”

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