My case against the NZ Police starts this week on Wednesday in Wellington, the background to this case is here, this week we will be countering the Police attempt to hold the entire trial in secret using secret evidence.
Media have asked me why I think the Police are wanting to create such an outrageous legal precedent, I think there are two reasons.
The first is that I believe I was under investigation in 2014 from any number of Government agencies and Police are desperate to keep that hidden and the second reason is because (as Journalist David Fisher has already exposed) Police were using this loop hole to gain vast amounts of private information from tens of thousands of Kiwis and the Police do not want to open that can of worms.
Secret trials and secret evidence are against everything a functioning democracy should stand for. The right to be able to hear the evidence against you by the State and defend that is a fundamental legal right and if the Police want to seize your bank records they need a bloody search warrant!
Crown Law, the Police and whatever shadowy agency is behind all of this is not how you defend civil rights , it’s how you lose them.
My Lawyer Graeme Edgeler and I will be available at the hearing for any media enquiries.