Banks retrial complete waste of money

John Banks is to face re-trial with the Solicitor-General recommending proceeding to trial.

Former Act Party leader John Banks will face a retrial for filing a false electoral return, Solicitor-General Mike Heron, QC, has confirmed.

Mr Banks was convicted in the High Court last year after not disclosing donations from internet mogul Kim Dotcom to his Auckland mayoralty campaign in 2010.

Last November the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.

But the decision had to be confirmed by the Solicitor-General. Last night, a Crown Law spokeswoman said Mr Heron had made that decision.

No date has been set. The issue will go to the High Court in Auckland on Tuesday.

Neither Mr Banks or his lawyer, David Jones, QC, could be reached for comment last night.  

Mr Banks appealed against his conviction, introducing affidavits from two US-based businessmen who he said were at the same lunch at which Mr Dotcom claimed donations were discussed.

The men, David Schaeffer and Jeffery Karnes, said donations were not discussed at that lunch.

The Court of Appeal said it was satisfied that if the evidence had been before [High Court judge] Justice Wylie the outcome might have been different, and it was in the interests of justice to admit it.

The Solicitor-General must be blessed with a special kind of stupidity.

It is now apparent that the Crown’s star witnesses of Kim Dotcom and his estranged wife Mona in fact perjured themselves on the stand.

Quite how they are going to stack this up now that the Dotcom’s evidence is contradicted by two independent people who aren’t facing extradition proceedings or felony charges like racketeering and money laundering in the United States is beyond me.

If I was John Banks I’d be immediately seeking new discovery motions on the evidence that the Crown has…because I suspect it is none.

 

– NZ Herald

 


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