Australia to allow secret searches

The Australian Parliament is considering legislation that would give police power to search the homes and computers of suspects without advising them.

Australia to allow secret searches
The Australian Parliament is considering legislation that would give police power to search the homes and computers of suspects without advising them.

The "sneak and peek" laws would authorize "delayed notification warrants," The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Police would not have to tell suspects of searches for at least six months and for up to 18 months if warrants are rolled over.

The system also would have no judicial oversight. Warrants would be issued by the heads of police services and security agencies.

Minister for Justice and Customs David Johnston said the system needs to be leak-proof.

"I don't want to impugn anyone, but the security of these operations has to be pristine," Johnston said.

While a senate committee recommended the warrants only be allowed for the most serious crimes, especially terrorism, the law to be introduced next week would apply to any crime with a sentence longer than 10 years.


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