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  • Teflon John avoids prosecution

    Opposition parties are calling on Prime Minister John Key to dump John Banks as a minister despite police deciding not to take any action against the MP over donations to his mayoral campaign.
    Police said today there was insufficient evidence to charge Banks, despite finding he knew about $50,000 donation from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and a $15,000 donation from SkyCity ahead of his 2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign. The donations were listed as anonymous.
    Dotcom claimed he discussed the donation with Banks at his Auckland mansion, and later received a phone call thanking him for the money despite Banks listing it on his 2010 mayoral return as two anonymous donations of $25,000 each.
    Police said today they were "unable to establish that Mr Banks had the necessary knowledge that the donation had been recorded as anonymous in the return before he signed and submitted it".
    Labour leader David Shearer said the police investigation showed Banks, who is now the leader of the Act Party, is not fit to serve as a minister.
    "Every New Zealander knows what's gone on here even though the police can't charge him," Shearer said.
    "John Banks has essentially escaped prosecution because he claims to have forgotten receiving any money. And John Key seems to think that's okay. He is the only person still standing by John Banks."
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