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Former ACT leader John Banks has been sworn in as a JP for a second time.

Former ACT leader John Banks has been sworn in as a JP for a second time. JASON DORDAY/FAIRFAX NZ

 

Becoming a JP again is vindication for the “judicial jihad” of the electoral fraud allegations he faced, John Banks says.

The former ACT leader and Auckland mayor has been sworn in as a Justice of the Peace for a second time, after resigning his position as a JP while battling the charges in 2014.

“This is the beginning of the end of a long, disappointing, expensive judicial jihad,” he said on Monday.

“Certain matters left outstanding needed to be tidied up and this was one of them.”

Banks was sworn in along with seven others at the Auckland District Court on Monday afternoon.

In 2014 he was convicted over two $25,000 donations to his 2010 mayoral campaign by internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. He appealed and was subsequently acquitted of the charges.

He went through the normal process of applying to be a JP again, Banks said.

“There’s no shortcuts, I had to line up with everyone else.

“I had to be vetted by the Justice Department, I had to sit all the exams, attend all the classes.”

He had no choice but to resign as a JP while he was facing criminal charges, Banks said.

“The ignominy of passing in my warrant was something that needed to be straightened out and put right.

“I just think it’s part of the big circle of events that’s taking place in my life that’s putting the wrongs done to me of the past right, and in perspective,” he said.

 

 – Stuff.co.nz


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