Disgraced former MP Taito Phillip Field has been granted parole.
He will be released from jail later this month after serving one-third of his six-year sentence.
This was Field’s first parole hearing.
Field was found guilty of 11 of 12 charges of bribery and corruption as an MP after having Thai nationals carry-out work on his properties in return for immigration assistance between November 2002 and October 2005.
He was also found guilty of 15 of 23 charges of wilfully attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice, alleging he tried to derail investigations into the work on his homes.
I don’t have a huge issue with this. Field is not a threat to the community and unlikely to reoffend. Cases like him are appropriate for early parole. Having said that, I wonder if he accepts he did wrong doing, and has any remorse. he might still hold to the official Labour position that the only thing he was guilty of is trying too hard to help his constituents.