Thursday, 18 September 2008

More fireworks on the Winston front

More Bluster from Winston?

From the Herald

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will give further evidence to the privileges committee today in what is thought to be a response to evidence offered to the committee by the Serious Fraud Office.
Mr Peters is scheduled to be heard in private but a spokesman for him last night confirmed he had been asked to be heard in public.
The committee is scheduled to meet for two hours this afternoon and there are no public sessions scheduled.
So if Mr Peters has been asked to appear in private, the SFO is likely to have been asked to be heard in private or have requested to do so.
The privileges committee and the SFO are both conducting inquiries around issues related to New Zealand First donations, but until now there has been no apparent cross-over. Mr Peters has been stood down as Foreign Minister while the SFO conducts its investigation.
The SFO inquiry has been centred around the Spencer Trust, which has been a secret source of funding for undeclared donations for the party.

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