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A System More Rotten Than The Bridge

A System More Rotten Than The Bridge

“This Government’s continued involvement in the cover-up of the Butcher report is a disgrace of the worst kind and perpetuates this miscarriage of justice,” says New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This tangled web of deceit, which has denied the Berryman family any justice and yet has cost them everything, is a systematic case of the ‘system’ conspiring against them to hide the truth.

“The ongoing refusal to acknowledge the military’s culpability in the 1994 bridge collapse by the Defence Department and the Government is truly shameful.

“The Prime Minister’s inaction over this matter shows a lack of leadership, but far worse, a lack of human dignity which the Berryman family deserve.

“This was the same Helen Clark who while electioneering in 1998 promised to help this family, and yet now finds herself part of the system concealing the truth.

“There is nothing to prevent the Prime Minister from directing the Minister of Defence to release the report.

“Adding insult to injury is the fact that the Minister of Justice today tells us that the Government is still offering to buy the Berryman’s off for $150,000. Such an insensitive approach is indicative of how this Government continues to treat the Berryman family’s tragedy.

“The truth of this matter will be told, and the Berrymans will finally get the justice they deserve,” vowed Mr Peters.


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