A week has gone by and the Sunday Star-Times gives Mike Sabin another kicking, and this time ramps up the pressure on the PM about when he knew about Sabin and why nothing has been done.
National MP Mike Sabin is being called on to stand down as chairman of Parliament’s Law and Order Select Committee while police investigate an assault allegation against him.
The calls come as Prime Minister John Key’s handling of the situation comes under scrutiny, particularly whether Key knew of the police inquiry before appointing Sabin in October. Sabin also sits on the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.
National Party officials were aware before September’s general election that Sabin was possibly being investigated by police.
Key’s office was also, pre-election, informed of media inquiries about Sabin.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says that if the National Government knew of the police inquiry before appointing Sabin then that was “inexplicable and inexcusable”, but if the Prime Minister was not aware of the police inquiry it was excusable and explicable.
Peters says that irrespective of when details of the police inquiry were known to Key, Sabin should now be stood down.
“I am not judging the outcome (of the police inquiry) – all I am saying is it is not a proper position to be holding whilst that is going on.”
“And the Prime Minister should have said to him (Sabin) a long time ago that it is time to stand aside.”