Very pleasing to read in the Dominion Post that Owen Glenn has said he will co-operate with both the Privileges Committee and any SFO investigation:
Mr Glenn last night revealed that he had already provided written statements to both the SFO and parliamentary privileges committee, which is conducting an inquiry into whether Mr Peters breached Parliament’s rules by failing to disclose the donation.
Mr Glenn would “cooperate with each body, as may be necessary”, a statement from his office said.
Good to see him doing the right thing.
But in a new development on Monday, Mr Henry disclosed that he personally footed the bill for $40,000 in costs awarded against Mr Peters after the electoral petition failed – which might also be considered a gift that should have been disclosed.
In a twist yesterday, however, Mr Peters said Mr Henry had now had a chance to check his records – and discovered that he had since been reimbursed by Mr Peters.
It would be useful for a copy of those records to be given to the Privileges Committee. If it was all reimbursed within the same year, then indeed there may not be a debt paid off on Peters’ behalf. If it was not all reimbursed within the year, then there may be issues.Tags: anonymous donations, Brian Henry, MPs Register of Pecuniary Interests, Owen Glenn, Privileges Committee, SFO, Winston First