SEARCH warrants issued to the Australian Federal Police to raid the offices of Seven West and Pacific Magazines over an interview with Schapelle Corby have been quashed.
Last month, federal officers raided the offices of Seven West Media amid speculation the network was working on a multi-million dollar tell-all interview deal with the former beauty student following her release from a Bali prison.
No evidence of a deal with Corby was found during the raids.
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Today, the Federal Court ruled the search warrants issued to the AFP in February be quashed as invalid and to no effect.
The Australian reports, The AFP obtained search warrants from a magistrate on the basis of an application that stated Seven lawyer Justine Munsie was “reasonably suspected of having committed the offence stated in the relevant warrant”.
The AFP later admitted Ms Munsie was named mistakenly in an “word-processing error”.
In a statement released today, Seven said it welcomed the ”decision of the Federal Court today quashing search warrants and other orders issued at the request of the AFP.
“The court found that errors contained in the warrants and orders, which referred to Seven personnel and solicitors as “suspects” of an investigation and as being reasonably suspected of having committed criminal offences, could not be brushed aside as trivial or insignificant as the AFP had submitted.
“Instead, the errors were material and serious and affected the decision of the Magistrate to issue the warrants.
“Seven will seek payment of its legal costs from the AFP and is considering other options available to us to redress the costs of the AFP’s failed investigation.”
The Australian reports, Seven West Media is now considering suing the Australian Federal Police for trespass and false imprisonment.