Officer cleared over Dotcom accusation
The police watchdog says there is no evidence a police officer committed perjury when giving evidence in a judicial review involving Kim Dotcom.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) says it has looked into evidence given by Detective Inspector Grant Wormald during a High Court hearing at Auckland in 2012, where he said he was not aware of any surveillance of the German-born internet entrepreneur accused of internet piracy taking place before the raid on January 20, 2012.
The cross-examination was designed to discover whether Dotcom had been the subject of visual surveillance, not whether his communications had been intercepted, said IPCA chair Judge Sir David Carruthers.
"Mr Wormald's interpretation of the questions being asked of him was entirely reasonable and his answers were not in any way false or misleading."
Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess has welcomed the IPCA's report, which "vindicates" an officer who has offered an "exemplary" service to the organisation for more than 30 years.
"Mr Wormald is an extremely experienced and dedicated career police officer, with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism," he says.
"The allegations, when made, subjected Detective Inspector Wormald to intense media speculation and baseless, ill-informed commentary about his integrity."
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