Written By: - Date published: 6:51 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 50 comments
Categories: david parker, greens, john key, labour, national - Tags: cameron slater, dirty politics, matt blomfield, matthew blomfield
So the police has raided Nicky Hager’s home seeking information that may lead to the discovery of who Rawshark is. The investigation is obviously very politically charged as the raid could have a chilling effect on journalists investigating the Government using information which may have been obtained in unusual circumstances.
This action is comparable to what happened in 2011 when John Key persuaded the police to obtain warrants to raid various media outlets and have Bradley Ambrose formally warned by the police after the teapot tape saga.
But there are a couple of other recent politically charged investigations where the police response has been less than ideal. For instance in 2010 Matt Blomfield had his office burgled and various emails from a hard drive he believes was stolen appeared on Cameron Slater’s website. To the best of my knowledge a warrant has not been granted let alone sought to try and find out where the information came from even though Slater clearly had access to information that Blomfield wanted kept private. And this incident is not a minor thing. Blomfield has complained that he was recently attacked in his home by someone with a gun and you would think the police would want to investigate matters carefully to see if there was any link between whoever originally obtained the hard drive and the attack.
And there was the Labour complaint filed by David Parker about the revelations in dirty politics in this letter:
1 September 2014
Mr Mike Bush
Commissioner of Police …
Conspiring to defeat the Course of Justice and other matters
You will be aware of allegations against the former Minister of Justice Hon Judith Collins, Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham and others concerning:
· Undermining of the Serious Fraud Office
· Undermining of the Financial Markets Authority
· Undermining of the head of the SFO
· Intimidation of witnesses, including Mr Gapes,
in relation to the SFO and FMA investigation into the affairs of the Hanover Group of companies and their directors.
You will also be aware of allegations against the former Minister of Justice, Cameron Slater, and others concerning:
· Use of personal information regarding Simon Pleasants to incite threats
· In respect of the Minister, the corrupt use of personal information regarding Simon Pleasants to obtain an advantage (section 105A of the Crimes Act)
· Use of that information (section 105B of the Crimes Act)
You will also be aware of allegations against Jason Ede, Cameron Slater, Aaron Bhatnagar, and others concerning:
· Accessing the Labour Party computer system in breach of section 249 and 252 of the Crimes Act
· The use of dynamic (ie changing) email and computer addresses to avoid detection
These are serious matters that go to the heart of administration of justice in New Zealand and public confidence in democracy and the rule of law.
I would ask that you urgently investigate these matters. I am concerned that there is evidence, including computer records that urgently need to be secured and preserved.
In making this request, I am aware that you exercise your role independently, and that these decisions are yours to make.
Hon David Parker
Shadow Attorney General”
So are these other complaints being investigated properly by the police? And if not why not?