Not in the public interest….

Stuff.co.nz

Oh the tired old phrase has been wheeled out again…it seems that is “not in the public interest to pursue a prosecution”:

Police will not lay charges over the “teapot tape” saga and say freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose has received a warning.

Assistant Police Commissioner Malcolm Burgess held a press conference this afternoon and said police had resolved the case.

The announcement follows a long-running investigation after Prime Minister John Key complained about Ambrose recording a conversation between him and ACT MP John Banks on the campaign trail in 2011.

A letter of regret had been forwarded to Prime Minister John Key and John Banks.

Key said he welcomed Ambrose’s letter and believed there was now no need for the prosecution to continue.

While he only received a warning, Ambrose’s actions were illegal, Burgess said.

Future occurrences were likely to be prosecuted.

“We were satisfied on this occasion that there was [prima facie evidence].

But police decided there was not sufficient public interest in the matter going to court, he said.

“I reached the view that a prosecution was not required in this instance.”

In the view of police investigators, the recording was “most likely” on purpose, but at the least “reckless”.

The letter to Key and Banks from Ambrose was “one of the factors that we took into account” and his lack of a criminal record was another.

At least Bradley Ambrose now admits he was wrong and his apology letter sees the end of his spurious defamation case too.

Now the Police have finished up with that investigation perhaps they might like to advise progress on the more than a dozen cases referred by the Electoral Commission for breaches of the Electoral Act….surely breaking the laws protecting our democracy ARE in the public interest to prosecute.


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