New Ombudsman opinion on John Banks' electoral funding
New Ombudsman opinion
The Ombudsman has released
his opinion that the public interest requires release of the
majority of the statement given by John Banks to the Police.
The statement relates to alleged irregularities in electoral
funding donations for the 2010 Auckland Super City Mayoral
election. Information from the statement will be released on
the Ombudsman’s recommendation, but only after the
relevant court proceedings have been concluded, to protect
Mr Banks’ right to a fair trial. You can read Professor
Paterson’s opinion here.
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