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3 days from election, New Zealand police search media outlets for PM's recorded conversation
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ' New Zealand police are searching four media organizations three days before national elections to seize evidence related to a recording of Prime Minister John Key that he says was illegally obtained.
Police say the search warrants will be executed Wednesday and Thursday. They are seeking copies of the recorded conversation between Key and an ally, interviews with the cameraman who recorded it and footage from the scene from two television networks, a newspaper and a radio broadcaster.
The conversation has not been made public. It took place at the end of a staged media event. Key disputes the cameraman's claim that the recording was inadvertent.
Key's opponents want the recording released. His party is expected to win Saturday's elections.