Another private prosecution

December 9th, 2007 at 5:05 am by David Farrar

I heard on the radio that Graham McCready has said he is likely to drop his private prosecution of Trevor Mallard as he believes the dock appearance has damaged him enough.

In the same week, another private prosecution of a Minister (and officials) has been launched – and this one seems less trivial.

Tuariki John Delamere was charged with fraud relating to immigration services in 2005,and earlier this year he was found not guilty on all charges after a four week trial.  The jury took only two hours to deliberate.

Delamere has filed a private prosecution against then Immigration Minister David Cunliffe, and three senior officials,  with a total of 98 charges including blackmail and perjury.

His summary of evidence runs to 34 pages, and there are 114 exhibits.

I have no idea at all about the merits of the case, but it will be interesting to observe.

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10 Responses to “Another private prosecution”

  1. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    It would be a pity if McCready gave up – it really would.

    However – the Delamere one is much better – it will drag on all thru the election period – and I guess it will be outside the EFB, and it will be all very troublesome for the Govt.

    Excellent.

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  2. helmet (807 comments) says:

    Philip Field, Trevor Mallard, David Cunliffe…

    All great customers of our justice system. It’s especially ironic given that Helen Clark should be in the dock for her various crimes, along with probably DBP as well, not to mention the to-date convictions such as Ruth Dyson the drunk driver and the other examples that spring to mind.

    I mean, I know it’s a cliche, but-

    What a bunch of socialist crooks.

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  3. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    “Hi, I’m the Labour MP for [insert electorate]. I’d like you to meet Mary my press secretary, Fred my campaign manager, and John my parole officer”

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  4. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Delamere has filed a private prosecution against then Immigration Minister David Cunliffe, and three senior officials, with a total of 98 charges including blackmail and perjury.

    I’m not that familiar with the details either, and would normally say Delamare’s chances are slim to non-existent. But we are talking about Immigration, folks – which by comparison, over many years, has made Capital & Coast DHB or the Corrections Department look like heaven on earth.

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  5. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Krazykiwi, what about bob my counsellor and xavier my S&M specialist.

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  6. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Cunliffe has always (in my observation) treated the Westminster system with utter contempt. His arrogance during Question time has been appalling. It won’t hurt him to get taken down a peg or two.

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  7. Fred (163 comments) says:

    My guess is that once a few rocks get turned over we are going to get a few surprises, remember this is the outfit that cherry picked applications because it “improved morale”. Wonder if this would work at Corrections and Capital and Coast DHB?

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  8. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    KK – WADROC, but if they had a parole officer, they wouldn’t be an MP anymore…

    Regards
    the Hall Monitor.

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  9. Tina (687 comments) says:

    While Police prosecution decisions are suspected to be politicised, private prosecutions are a bright alternative.

    Remember the gunshop owner self defence case brought by the police as a bit of social engineering?

    Political.

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  10. longbow (118 comments) says:

    this is really interesting

    how the hell did crown prosecute Delamere without enough evidence yet refuse to step up on Iti over shooting national flag, or prime minister motocade over 140 KM/h, or Mallard throwing fists in the parliament?

    is it because Delamere once worked for National Party?

    New Zealand politics becomes a joke.

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