Monday, September 01, 2014

Will the police investigate?

John Key is busy putting together an inquiry into Judith Collins' attempt to undermined SFO Chief Executive Adam Feeley. The effectiveness of any inquiry will ultimately depend on its terms of reference, and the signs are not good; Key looks like he wants a whitewash to clear his government rather than a full excavation of the truth.

Meanwhile, Feeley thinks the police should open their own investigation:

Former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley says he hopes the police are considering a criminal investigation into claims Judith Collins was linked to a smear campaign against him.

Mr Feeley said he believed both the police and SFO would be considering whether they had grounds to launch an inquiry.

"It's almost certain that several offences could have been committed if people were undermining a police or an SFO investigation, absolutely," he told RadioLive this morning.

"I would be surprised if both SFO and police weren't thinking about that today."

Based on what's been released, those involved could be looking at being prosecuted for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The question is whether the police will enforce the law, or show themselves again to be the faithful lapdogs of the government-of-the-day, preferring to sniff the arse of power rather than kick it.