Ministerial Inquiry Inadequate
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First
11 JULY 2014
The government’s ministerial inquiry
into diplomatic immunity is totally inadequate, says New
Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters.
is the issue not diplomatic immunity but what happened
between the court case for Diplomat Rizalman on May 10, the
imposition of bail conditions, and the diplomat fleeing the
“Moreover, why do the terms of reference omit
any reference to ministerial involvement, other than an
attempt to blame officials for briefings to the Minister of
Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister?
this matter involves serious legal issues and someone with a
legal background should be chosen to do the
“Right now the inquiry has all hallmarks of an
in-house snow job,” says Mr Peters.
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