Hager's daughter gets pay-out over illegal raid

6:38 pm on 14 December 2016

The daughter of investigative journalist Nicky Hager will receive damages and costs from police over the illegal raid of Mr Hager's house.

Author Nicky Hager.

Nicky Hager's home was raided during an investigation into the source of emails used in his book Dirty Politics. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Mr Hager's house was raided in October 2014 as part of an investigation into the source of his book Dirty Politics.

Last year, the High Court found the raid was "fundamentally unlawful" because police failed to disclose relevant information to the judge who issued the search warrant.

Today, Mr Hager's barrister Felix Geiringer said in a written statement that police had settled a claim brought by the journalist's adult daughter.

She had been the only one home when officers turned up to raid the house, Mr Geiringer said.

"She had to stay and watch the 10-hour raid of her home. The police search included a search of her bedroom and private belongings."

Police also seized and cloned her phone and laptop, keeping the laptop for more than four months afterward, Mr Geiringer said.

"This all happened two weeks before she was due to submit her end-of-degree university papers."

Police had agreed to pay her damages and costs, and destroy all copies of her information taken and copied during the raid, he said.

"On that basis, [she] has agreed to discontinue her proceedings against the police."

Claims brought by Mr Hager against police in relation to the raid were ongoing, Mr Geiringer said.

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