Police to destroy Hager hard drive copies

  • 17/03/2016

Police are set to destroy copies of hard drives and files taken from journalist Nicky Hager's home during an unlawful raid.

In December, a court found a 10-hour search of Mr Hager's Wellington home in October 2014 was illegal because police had not told the court they were conducting a "media search" when they applied for a warrant.

The journalist will on Friday travel to the High Court at Auckland where a computer and files seized in the raid will be handed back to him.

He'll also watch as police destroy copies of a hard drive and a memory card they cloned from his equipment.

"After they have been destroyed, the police will give the remains of the devices to Mr Hager," his lawyer, Felix Geiringer said.

"The computers and other property have been in sealed containers inside the Auckland High Court building during the court proceedings."

The search of Mr Hager's home took place in the aftermath of the release of his book Dirty Politics, which was based on information taken from WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater's emails and online communications.

The information was given to Mr Hager by an anonymous hacker and the search was part of a police investigation to identify that person.

Mr Hager sought a judicial review of the way police applied for a search warrant, the subsequent granting of the application, and the way the search was carried out.

Mr Geiringer said police had refused to allow media to capture the destruction of the clones on Friday.