Dover Samuels, Press Conference, Jane Young, Background – Baby Bashing: Whangarei – TV Sentencing – Baby Bashing: Wairarapa – Kylie Jones Murder – Malaysia – Fiji Coup
DOVER SAMUELS – PRESS CONFERENCE: Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels has been cleared of allegations of rape. Samuels held a press conference this evening and said he had met police. He was advised that the allegations were unfounded except in relation to privacy issues. “I expect those issues to be resolved in a week. I have always maintained my innocence. It has been an enormous strain on my family. Without them I would not have had the spirit to carry on. They have been my strength and have uplifted me spiritually. I would also like to thank the 100s of NZers who have stuck beside me and supported me. I would like to also thank my Parliamentary colleagues – not all of them in the Labour caucus – who have supported me. This is the beginning of the search for the real truth. In Maori custom on a Marae when you are accused you have to front up so the people you make allegations against can see the whites of your eyes.”
DOVER SAMUELS – JANE YOUNG: Jane Young Live: He will definitely not get his job back. He was extremely defiant about whether he was going to stay on as the MP for Taitokerau. Q: Did the PM jump the gun in sacking him? A: There were other matters as well that were of concern to her at the time. Some people might have said she should have waited – but that said - it has taken a lot longer than people expected.
DOVER SAMUELS - BACKGROUND: The drama started seven weeks ago when a letter from ACT leader Richard Prebble was sent to the PM concerning allegations that Samuels had had underage sex. Samuels loudly denied the allegations. The PM initially backed Samuels but then later changed her mind. “She has the power, she is the Rangitira”, said Samuels. Later Samuels accused the PM’s office of leaking information. Samuels then ignored Labour Party advice not to name his accuser in Parliament.
BABY BASHING - WAIRARAPA: A 28-year old Aunt of the Wairarapa toddler found dead has been charged with an assault that took place some time before the toddler’s death. She was remanded on tight bail conditions. Police are continuing their investigations. Police say the arrest today is a by-product of their main inquiry – to find the person who delivered the fatal blows to the abused toddler.
TV SENTENCING: A court hearing was held today in Hamilton over the televising of the sentencing of a woman convicted for killing a child. The woman will now be sentenced next week.
BABY BASHING - WHANGAREI: Parents of the toddler bashed in Whangarei were sent away from Starship Hospital today without seeing their daughter – who has now regained consciousness. They were quite upset when interviewed in the street. The child’s grandmother has been charged with assault.
KYLIE JONES MURDER: The man accused of murdering Kylie Jones has pleaded guilty to her murder. The accused had been released from prison only two months earlier after serving eight years for rape.
MALAYSIA: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been convicted of sodomy in Malaysia. He was sentenced to 19 months jail. Tight security accompanied the court proceedings.
FIJI COUP: A fire fight in Fiji
between Speight rebels and the army has left a policeman and
soldier dead. The army believes a patrol was lured into a