Wider phone tapping considered

The trial run for the anti-terror law showed up deficient, next time just saying something that might indicate that maybe your thinking about doing something will get you arrested and convicted. What’s next?(travellerev) 

Prime Minister Helen Clark says allowing intercepted telephone conversations to be used as evidence in a wider range of crimes is one possibility to avoid the need for terrorism laws to be used in dealing with future cases such as the Urewera raids.

Helen Clark said the Government had an “open mind” about allowing intercepted communications to be used as evidence in charges under laws such as the Arms Act.

Another option which would allow evidence such as that gathered by police in the Urewera’s investigation was to widen the laws of conspiracy, which would give police a wider range of offences to lay charges under.

The Prime Minister’s comments follow Solicitor-General David Collins’ decision not to allow charges to be laid against 12 people under the Terrorism Suppression Act for their alleged involvement in military-style camps in the Ureweras.

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