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Police decision on "tea-pot" tape investigation

Police decision on "tea-pot" tape investigation

Police have resolved the complaint of Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key concerning the recording of his conversation with the Hon John Banks by a cameraman, Mr Bradley Ambrose.

While Police will not be prosecuting Mr Ambrose he will be issued with a warning.

Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess says this follows a thorough investigation:

"We have examined the full circumstances of how the recording was made and interviewed key witnesses. The decision has been made based on our own analysis of the case and legal advice from the Auckland Crown solicitor, plus consideration of Crown Law prosecution guidelines.

"One factor taken into account is a letter of regret from Mr Ambrose which has been sent to the Prime Minister and Mr Banks. They have both indicated acceptance of this statement.

"While Police have issued a warning in this instance we are clear that the actions of Mr Ambrose were unlawful. This sends a clear message to media that the recording and distribution of conversations that are considered private is likely to lead to prosecution in the future.

"This has been a reasonably straight forward investigation. The time taken to investigate was determined by the significant number of people who had to be interviewed. We had three staff working on the inquiry on a part-time basis.

"I would like to thank all those who have assisted us, particularly other patrons in the cafe who came forward and spoke to Police." said Mr Burgess.

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