New Zealand’s worst kept secret may be about to be made public.
The latest “Prominent New Zealander” to be charged with indecent assault has lost his name suppression, pending the outcome of an appeal. The NZ public will have to wait until March 19 before he is finally unveiled.
The Herald wrote…
Heavy suppression orders cover the case, meaning the man cannot be identified, nor can his alleged victims or their ages.
The charges faced by the man, who elected trial by jury, can now be revealed. He is facing 12 charges of indecent assault against two people including two representative charges. The charges, which include allegations of touching the complainants on the breast, buttocks, groin and thigh, are punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Name suppression for the man expires on March 19 or until the appeal is heard… more
Last month National Party MP Mike Sabin (an ex-police officer) resigned from parliament because he needed time away to deal with “personal issues.”
According to a moderated Wikipedia page …
In December 2014 New Zealand media reported that Sabin was under investigation by police over an assault complaint. The reports were not confirmed by the New Zealand Police, Prime Minister John Key or Sabin himself.
Sabin resigned from parliament on 30 January 2015 with immediate effect “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament.” Key subsequently revealed that he had considered appointing Sabin as a minister when National was re-elected in 2014.
Prime Minister Key lost public credibility when he seemed unsure of the exact date on which he became of aware of Sabin’s “personal issues.”
There were suggestions Key knew about the assault investigation before the last election, not on December 1 when he says he first became aware. Police were asking questions about Sabin in August 2014, a good six weeks before the election on September 20.
confirmed that in early August police started looking into allegations against Mr Sabin. Two months later, on October 22, he was appointed chair of law and order select committee.
“Mike Sabin was a chair of the law and order select committee and…if there was a police investigation then there was a potential conflict of interest,” Labour leader Andrew Little says.
ONE News started making inquiries to government agencies and Mr Sabin on November 25.
December 1 is now when Mr Key says he first heard Mr Sabin had family issues. Then, last Friday, January 30, Mr Sabin resigned… source
The chair of the law and order select committee has been passed on to MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Mr Sabin’s electoral seat will be subject to a by-election.
Nat MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi replaces Mike Sabin as chair of law and order select committee pic.twitter.com/JM8Cu4f55F
— Demelza Leslie (@demelzaleslie) February 17, 2015
Australian whistle-blowing site Lauda Finem has published a long article about Sabin and the serious of the accusations that were made against him. The site also discussed corrupt practices within the NZ police and their relationship to child abuse.
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