ASIO raids Canberra office of East Timor lawyer

ASIO raids Canberra office of East Timor lawyer

A lawyer representing East Timor in its spying case against Australia, says his Canberra office has been raided by ASIO.

East Timor is set to launch a case in The Hague, alleging the Australia Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) covertly recorded Timorese ministers, during oil and gas negotiations in 2004.

Bernard Collaery, who is currently in the Hague to represent East Timor, says ASIO and AFP agents entered his office yesterday afternoon, and seized a number of electronic and paper files.

He says the agents would not show their warrant to any employees in the office, saying it was a matter relating to national security.

Mr Collaery says they also seizd the passport of one of his key witnesses, a former spy turned whistleblower.

He says the move is a direct attempt by the government to gag their key witness.

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