Labour MP Phil Goff looks unlikely to face prosecution for releasing a suppressed document about the suicide of a Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan.
Over the weekend, Mr Goff made public part of the Court of Inquiry report into the death of Corporal Doug Hughes, which he says reveals “critical deficiencies in the training and deployment of Kiwi troops”.
Coroner Gordon Matenga suppressed the report in February, when he ruled Cpl Hughes’ death was self-inflicted.
In a statement, Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said it was illegal for Mr Goff to release the report, and he presumes “there will be consequences”.
However, the Ministry of Justice says any consequences would only be the result of a complaint being laid with police.
Dr Coleman and the Defence Force both told NZ Newswire they have no plans to lay a complaint, and a police spokesman said none had been received.
Once again a Labour politician breaks the law and gets away with it…even if someone laid a complaint I wonder of the Police will prosecute him with the same vigor with which they cam after me?