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AFP grilled over Seven raids

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Senior AFP offices have been grilled over their reasons for raiding Channel 7 over Schapelle Corby, during a Senate committee hearing.

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Senior AFP officers have been grilled over their reasons for raiding Channel 7 over Schapelle Corby, during a Senate Committee hearing last night.

Commissioner Negus says the AFP suspected Seven of withholding documents - even though they had been co-operating with police requests.

These were the raids last Tuesday when more than 30 armed officers rifled through documents at Seven Network headquarters.

Some senators have questioned the need and the conduct of the police involved.

That the conduct of the team that went in some ways was cowboyish.

It was very intimidating.

When a police officer is on duty they are obliged to carry their full accoutrements, that is their handcuffs, their gun, their baton, that sort of thing Channel 7 provided documents on the Friday and Monday before the raids were launched last Tuesday.

In your professional judgment, were those orders on the Friday and the Monday complied with?

Not completely, Senator, no.

Senator Nick Xenophon tried to zero in on the reasons for those suspicions.

So that was a judgment call the AFP made that they suspected Seven West Media, a major public company was going to be involved in the concealment, loss or destruction of documents?

Well, given they hadn't been produced and given the time sensitivities that were in existence at the time, the decision was made to execute the search warrant.

I think your contacting the two whether they existed or not and whether there would be an attempt to destroy the documents.

In a statement last night Seven West Media said it was concerned at the ducking and diving in the Senate Estimates in response to questions.

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