Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Second Court Case Arising From SIS Break-in

Press Release
CAFCA

Second Court Case Arising From SIS Break-in At Aziz Choudry's Home

In 1996, agents of the NZ Security Intelligence Service were caught in the act of breaking into the Christchurch home of GATT Watchdog activist, Aziz Choudry, during activities opposing an APEC Ministerial Meeting in Christchurch. Aziz sued the Government for damages.

In 1999, after a lengthy legal and political saga, the Government settled the case out of court for an undisclosed amount and apologised to Aziz (after having changed the law to legalise, including retrospectively, all SIS break-ins).

The man who caught the agents and took their vehicle's registration number, which identified them as SIS, is Dr. David Small, a University of Canterbury lecturer and political activist.

Only days after catching the agents, David's home was raided by police looking for "bombmaking materials" (Aziz's home was likewise raided by the cops). Needless to say, nothing was ever found and nobody was ever charged with anything. These raids apparently arose from a still unexplained, very realistic fake bomb left at the Christchurch City Council building (the City Council had removed GATT Watchdog's previously approved anti-APEC window display from its building).

David Small also sued the Government, specifically the Police, for damages.

THE CASE COMES UP IN THE CHRISTCHURCH HIGH COURT, AT 10 A.M, MONDAY APRIL 17.

This is not a preliminary hearing, nor one concerned with legal technicalities. This is the case proper. Two days have been set for the hearing, which will cross examine witnesses, etc, etc. David is representing himself.

This case will shed light on police surveillance of political activists, and on the working relationship between the police and the SIS.

IT IS A HIGHLY IMPORTANT CASE, BOTH LEGALLY AND POLITICALLY.

CAFCA Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa PO Box 2258, Christchurch email: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels