Written By: Mike Smith - Date published: 12:59 pm, October 15th, 2013 - 27 comments
Categories: accountability, act, corruption, election funding, john banks, john key, local body elections, national, national/act government - Tags:
The District Court is hearing evidence in Auckland today as to whether John Banks should stand trial for signing a donations return that he knew to be false. Kim Dotcom has given evidence – the Herald reports that when he agreed to give Banks a donation of $50,000, Banks asked for it to be split and to be made anonymous, so that if Banks helped DotCom in the future it would not be known that he had donated to him.
The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for a prima facie case to be brought against John Banks. The issues around this were canvassed in the decision of Judge Mill on 16 April in CRI – 2012-085-0009093. It is well worth a read.
It will be interesting to see if John Key changes his view on Banks’ credibility. He might even have to ask him directly.