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Australia defends its raid on East Timor lawyer's office as protecting national security

January 21, 2014 - 2:48 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Australia has defended its agents' raid on the office of a lawyer for East Timor last month as a legitimate defence of Australian national security.

East Timor is asking the United Nations' highest court to order Australia to hand to the court documents and data seized in the raid in Canberra pending resolution of a case into the legality of the raid.

But Australia's agent to the court, John Reid, told judges Tuesday the raid was "a lawful and legitimate protection of ... national security."

The case in The Hague was triggered when Australian intelligence raided the office of lawyer Bernard Collaery and a former spy who intended to testify in an arbitration hearing that Australia allegedly bugged the East Timorese Cabinet ahead of sensitive oil-and-gas revenue-sharing negotiations.

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