Re-investigation of allegations begins
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 – 11:00am
Attribute to Assistant Commissioner (Investigations) Richard Chambers:
Police has commenced a re-investigation of allegations that the private communications of an individual were intercepted by Mr Todd Barclay MP.
This follows assessment of a range of information and comment in the public domain over the last week.
Police have commenced speaking to a number of individuals who may have relevant information.
Any new evidence which is gathered will be carefully considered to determine what, if any impact it has on the outcome of the original investigation.
This will be a thorough process with oversight from a senior detective, however at this stage we are unable to put a timeframe on how long it might take.
Media please note that Police will not be providing details or confirming specific steps being taken, as is standard for any investigation.
Issued by the Police Media Centre
Update for media coverage –
News of the police investigation broke while National MPs were in their weekly caucus meeting.
It was understood English had only just found out as he left because MPs could not take phones into the meeting.
Barclay was not at the meeting and English said he did not know if Barclay would be in Parliament later on Tuesday.
Asked whether Barclay should go early English said: “No, police are starting an investigation. I don’t think it changes the fact that he’s decided to retire at the election.”
It was “up to police” whether they wanted to get back in touch about his earlier statement, English said.
Barclay refused to cooperate with the original police investigation more than a year ago, which left it to stagnate with police saying they did not have enough evidence to issue warrants and obtain the recordings.
But English’s eventual admission that Barclay had made the recordings, which English relayed in his own police statement in April last year, appear to have opened the door for police to resume their investigation.
In a short statement late Tuesday evening, Barclay said he accepted English’s version of events.
That statement is one of a number of new pieces of information police are assessing, in consideration over whether to open the police investigation.
It could be treated as an admission from Barclay that he made recordings of Dickson without her knowledge and without being in a conversation with her.
The statement may add further weight to a text from English to the Clutha-Southland electorate chair that recordings existed.
Questions have been raised over whether police let the matter drop too soon, when Barclay went back on public statements that he would cooperate with the police investigation, only to have his lawyer communicate to senior officers heading it that he would not be speaking with them.