December 17, 2014
Peters rejects terror scenario
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the fatal hostage drama in Sydney can’t be used to justify laws passed here last week taking away New Zealanders’ civil liberties.
National MP Mark Mitchell, who chaired the select committee that oversaw the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, says the action by self-described cleric Man Haron Monis at the Lindt Cafe shows the bill was 100 percent justified.
The former security contractor says flexibility by law enforcement agencies was essential to counter terrorists like Islamic State.
But Mr Peters says it’s clear that Mr Monis was an individual with mental health problems acting alone, who was at large despite facing serious criminal charges.
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