Attack on Key’s lawyer continue, even though “it is all legal”

The Media party are still going after John Key’s lawyer, digging up old cases that he lost.

You know things are desperate when they resort to that.

Prime Minister John Key’s private lawyer, Ken Whitney, was involved in setting up a blind trust described by a High Court judge as a sham, it’s been revealed.

The trust allowed Las Vegas-based New Zealander Rod Nielsen to take part in a failed Auckland property project which owes investors $16 million, and is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Questioned about this today, Mr Key said he had complete faith in Mr Whitney.

“I don’t know any of those details but in his dealings with me for a very long time he’s been thoroughly ethical,” Mr Key told reporters.   

“I’ve known him for a long period of time and I have complete confidence in him.”

Mr Whitney is in the news because he runs a company, Antipodes, which specialises in setting up foreign trusts.

There’s been intense scrutiny of foreign trusts around the world following the leak of millions of documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which sets them up.

The trusts are legal but can be used to hide wealth from tax authorities, or to launder money.

Nice to know, though, that lawyers are now a free for all…including their wins and losses in court.

Does the Media party realise that lawyers act on instruction from their clients, even in forlorn cases? I suspect not. But at least we now know that lawyers for politicians are fair game.

I can think of one flea lawyer in West Auckland who has set up some trusts to launder donations for past Labour party leaders and who might need some spotlight shone on his own practice.

Labour are setting themselves up for a proper shellacking if everyone is fair game.

Len Brown never revealed his shonky arrangements with a dodgy trust to hide his donations…I wonder which lawyers were involved in the setting up of that trust?

 – Newshub

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