AFR information not confidential or relevant, says Scrutiny head
Monday 4th March 2013, 8:30AM GMT.
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE chairman Paul Arditti, pictured, has said information given to deputies about the settling of the AFR case at a behind-closed-doors meeting was ‘neither confidential nor relevant’.
Home held the briefing on Thursday in an attempt to head off political pressure to release how much taxpayers’ money was spent fighting and settling a two-year court battle which arose after an illegal raid on law firm AFR’s offices.
Its meeting began with a warning to those present that some of the information they would be given was confidential and there could be legal consequences if it was released publicly.
‘The Scrutiny Committee has been carefully monitoring the Home Department’s statements and is actively considering this serious and urgent matter,’ said Mr Arditti, a lawyer.
‘Although I am not at liberty to divulge the information which was imparted to deputies at the presentation on Thursday, I am able to inform you that what I heard was neither confidential nor relevant.’
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