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Police, not cash, can bring Pania home

Police, not cash, can bring Pania home

Heather Roy
Friday, 28 October 2005
Press Releases - Crime & Justice

We must have faith that the police will be more successful in retrieving Pania of the Reef than her lover was in the traditional myth, said Heather Roy, ACT's National Security Spokesman.

"Unfortunately for Karitoki, even offering a chief's ransom couldn't bring the original Pania home. Napier is likely to find the same applies today" Heather Roy said.

"Even if a financial lure could tempt the thieves out of hiding, we shouldn't set a precedent of rewarding theft. Crime mustn't pay.

"New Zealand's police do an exceptional job at tracking down criminals, no matter where they hide. We should let the Police investigation continue without political interference.

"It's highly likely that Pania's thief is an offender already known to local lawyers. As a former criminal defender, perhaps Mr Fairbrother might be more productive helping the official investigation" Mrs Roy said.

ENDS

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