NRT: Even more expensive

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, December 14th, 2016 - 5 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, Dirty Politics, police - Tags: , , , , , ,

Idiot/Savant at NoRightTurn on the latest in the Hager case,

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Even more expensive

The police’s illegal raid on Nicky Hager’s home has got even more expensive:

Nicky Hager’s home was raided by Police in October 2014. The raid was part of an investigation into the source of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics. In December of last year, the High Court ruled that the warrant that was used for the raid was “fundamentally unlawful”. The Police are not appealing that decision.

Nicky Hager’s daughter was the only one home when the Police turned up to raid the house. She had to stay and watch the 10-hour raid of her home. The Police search included a search of her bedroom and private belongings. The Police seized and cloned her phone and laptop. The laptop was kept by the Police for over four months. This all happened two weeks before she was due to submit her end-of-degree University papers.

The Police have agreed to pay Nicky Hager’s daughter damages and her costs. They have also agreed to destroy all copies of her information taken during the raid and copied. On that basis, his daughter has agreed to discontinue her proceedings against the Police.

This is on top of quarter of a million dollars in interim costs, and the main suit is still ongoing. When you factor in the cost of the police’s lawyers, we’re already well over a million dollars, and that’s without even thinking about final damages.

But again, this isn’t real money, its taxpayer’s money. Those actually responsible for this abuse of power, from the police officers who authorised it and carried it up to John Key, who was ultimately responsible, won’t be paying a cent. And given past police practices, it is unlikely they will ever be held to account, despite abusing their powers and costing us a large amount of money.

5 comments on “NRT: Even more expensive”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    Yeah – they’re costing us taxpayers a lot of money – but I’m very pleased Nicky Hager and his family are getting some of it ……

  2. Cinny 2

    Hey Crusher, here’s an idea, why not resign for family reasons but agree to stay on to avoid the cost of a by-election, ikr so original lolz.

    Sunday is getting closer.. dun dun dunnnn

    But more importantly glad the Hager family are getting a small amount of justice. Mr Hager please write another book, love your work, massive respect to you.

  3. saveNZ 3

    It’s good that the Hager family are beginning to get some justice for the police’s illegal searches and treatment of them – but it should have never happened in the first place and those that pushed the police to do what they did, should be forced to resign – whether politicians, officials or senior police.

  4. NZJester 4

    Meanwhile, the other part of this story is that the man who filed the complaint about his computer files being stolen that lead to this raid was never ever investigated or charged himself for having illegally accessed and stolen files off of a computer system he had no right to access. He was also somehow let off of receiving stolen property taken in a break-in of an office that he used to smear the victim of that robbery with by it contents after having been paid to do so.

    • Anne 4.1

      But he was a ‘fwend’ of the then Prime minister NZJ. Mind you I don’t think they’re fwends now.

      Yes, that was the disgusting part of the whole saga. The police couldn’t wait to investigate Hager even though he had committed no crime, but were presumably too gutless to touch the real criminal because of his association with the PM.

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