Six people charged by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to election donations made to the Labour Party in 2017 have appeared in court for the first time, where they were granted bail and interim name suppression.
The six individuals were charged earlier this month with two charges each of obtaining by deception at least $34,840 for the political party, on or about March 28, 2017.
None of the accused are sitting MPs or current or former party officials.
I assume name suppression will be lifted in due course. It will be very interesting to see who the defendants are. The SFO statement only rules out narrow categories of people. It does not rule out current of former parliamentary staffers. It does not rule out former MPs. It does not rule out current or former ministerial staffers.
Jude Gibson made an additional suppression order relating to one of the defendants, preventing publication of his current or former occupation.