Field prosecution opens

April 23rd, 2009 at 8:33 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Former MP Taito Phillip Field knew it was illegal to accept payments for services and not only was he guilty of corruption, he tried to cover it up, the High Court at Auckland has been told.

Field, the MP for Mangere between 1993 and 2008 and an associate cabinet minister in his last term, has pleaded not guilty to 12 bribery and corruption charges and 23 charges of wilfully attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice.

Field’s trial involves seven properties, including his home in Samoa, in which he is accused of having mainly Thai plasterers, painters and tilers work for free in exchange for helping them with immigration problems.

I wonder how many of them also joined the Thai branch of the Labour Party which got established, and how much money they raised for Labour?

Mr Moore said that after media reported allegations against Field, prime minister Helen Clark set up an inquiry. Field publicly said at the time that he would co-operate.

“In reality Mr Field, far from co-operating with the inquiry, actually took deliberate steps to do the very opposite,” Mr Moore said. “Knowing that the police and other authorities would be watching the prime minister’s inquiry very closely, he arranged for false evidence to be placed before the inquiry.”

He got the Thai workers to lie and he created false invoices and receipts, Mr Moore said.

The alleged false invoices and receipts will be interesting.

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3 Responses to “Field prosecution opens”

  1. burt (8,323 comments) says:

    So who knew about this when we were told that the inquiry exonerated him? No wonder Clark was so keen to get out of NZ – surely the defense can call her as a witness to show that Field was only following orders?

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  2. GJ (329 comments) says:

    The results from this case will be interesting. If he gets off, which he may, just watch his mana and standing in Mangere increase. It would be a fantastic launching pad for his Pacific Party that could see them elected in the next elections.
    However if he is found quilty that will possibly be the end of them. After all they did have an excellent result in Mangere considering what was hanging over their heads.
    It will be interesting to see if he suffered from a Labour Party beatup or he was actually guilty. I guess time will tell.

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  3. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    And if found guilty, will the Court in its sentencing view the prostitution of elected office and the influence it brings as exponentially worse than the mere fact that someone was trading favours, lied to cover that up etc?

    In other words, will it see there’s a difference between, say, the Delamere case and this, because Delamere was a former Minister at the time he was alleged to have behaved improperly?*

    * A note lest DPF gets a nasty legal – for the record Delamere was cleared of all charges (it took the jury only 2 hours to reach a verdict) but it cost the poor sod $1 million in legal fees to get a result. Welcome to NZ “justice”.

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