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NZ police launch probe into Exclusive Brethren-hired detectives

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia
Sep. 26, 2006 • Tuesday September 26, 2006

Police in New Zealand are investigating whether private detectives hired by the Exclusive Brethren to spy on politicians broke the law.

Whatever political influence the Exclusive Brethren had across the Tasman is evaporating.

Opposition Leader Don Brash says they had crossed the line.

“We want no association at all with people who try to influence the political process in an underhand way and that clearly includes the Exclusive Brethren,” he said.

Labour Minister Ruth Dyson says the sect is also set to be stripped of special rights to exclude union officials from their businesses on religious grounds.

“The original basis on which the exemption to the Exclusive Brethren was granted was on their submission that they were outside mainstream political activity,” she said.

Police have confirmed the private eyes they hired to pry on politicians will be investigated themselves.

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