Channel Seven boss Tim Worner has rejected reports that an Australian Federal Police (AFP) raid turned up a document detailing an exclusive deal between the network and the family of convicted Bali drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.
“Any claim by the AFP that they uncovered any relevant documents as part of their raid on Seven West Media and its premises are false,” Mr Worner said in a statement.
AFP officers on Tuesday raided the corporate headquarters of Seven and its magazine publishing arm, looking for documents relating to possible payments Corby or her family may have received for her story.
Mr Worner claimed Seven had voluntarily handed over a document to police on Tuesday but it was only an “unsigned draft” with “no legal effect”.
He also argued the document was not covered by the AFP's production order.
“The production order only sought actual agreements,” he said. “Thirty-four armed personnel were required to correct a drafting error in a massive over-reaction. AFP believed what the read in the papers and are no doubt shocked to discover the truth.”
Meanwhile, Corby's brother-in-law has met with Indonesian authorities in a bid to strike a deal and allow for a paid interview to go ahead.
Sunday Night journalist Mike Willesee on Wednesday said Wayan Widiartha was due to meet with Corby's parole officers on Wednesday morning in a bid to end the impasse.
Willesee said Seven was prepared to let the officers sit in on the interview if that is what it would take to make it happen.
"I don't know what to expect," Willesee said. "We're dealing with the bureaucracy now, you can't rely on quick answers."
Once they have that approval, Willesee said Corby herself was "good to go".
A spokesman for the Indonesian Corrections Department, Ayub Suratman, said the interview was still "forbidden" but if it was to take place parole officers "will have to be there". "There are concerns that she will say something subjective that will discredit corrections, or Indonesia. But if it's just a regular interview, it should be OK."
Willesee on Wednesday described the AFP raid as "aggressive behaviour" by the police. He said it could also stiffen the resolve of Seven bosses to ensure the interview does take place. "The AFP raid was an interruption yesterday and it was a bit sad to see that happen … with decent people sitting at their desk and feeling bad about it."