Pressure mounting on Sabin

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.”

I’m not sure how Mike Sabin or the PM think this will play out.

From what I know, and after the all the obfuscation from Sabin it won’t end well. Telling fibs to your?mates when they ask very specific questions means you lose whatever support you may have had.

Media have been talking about this for weeks and weeks. I know of two newsrooms that were just waiting for the news to break to go all in on it.

It was revealed last week that police have been investigating an assault complaint against Sabin.

The inquiry is ongoing. Both the Prime Minister’s office and the police are refusing to comment on the investigation.

Duty minister Tim Groser also refused to comment yesterday on the calls for Sabin to either stand aside or be stood aside from his select committee role.

Sabin, who has not responded to numerous phone calls, ordered a reporter from his property when asked if he knew about the investigation, stating: “No, no I have nothing to say – I want you to leave my property”.

Media inquiries about Sabin have been ongoing for at least four months.

The National Business Review has been asking questions about assault allegations since before the election. Other media, including Radio Live and One News, have also been inquiring into the assault allegations.

The police investigation was moved south from Whangarei to the Waitemata District, headquartered in west Auckland, because Sabin was a police officer based in Northland till 2006.

The officer in charge Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper refused to confirm Sabin was the subject of an investigation.

Again from what I know I don;t think it is survivable. Key accepted the?resignations from people accused of far less and axed Ministers for far less as well.

You have to start wondering what sort of deal Sabin and the PM have for him to still be sitting in the Northland sun thinking nothing will come of this.

The only way out is for Key to throw him under the bus by saying Sabin lied to him – and it is his habit to take an MPs word until proven otherwise. ?Now that it is proven to be a lie, he should have no hesitation at all.


-Sunday Star-Times