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  • John Banks is dog tucker!

    John Banks is dog tucker!

    John Banks has been found guilty of knowingly filing a false electoral return after his failed Auckland mayoral campaign in 2010.
    The Act MP has been on trial in the High Court in Auckland over two $25,000 cheques from Kim Dotcom and another cheque from SkyCity, which the Crown alleged Banks falsely recorded as anonymous.
    Mr Banks went on trial following a private prosecution brought by retired Wellington accountant Graham McCready. Police had previously investigated but decided in 2012...
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  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial

    Judge rules Banks to stand trial





    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
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  • Police decision not to prosecute John Banks leads to IPCA complaint

    Police decision not to prosecute John Banks leads to IPCA complaint

    Wellington author Roger Brookings has filed an Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA) complaint against the Police for failing to prosecute John Banks after retired accountant Graham Mc Cready took a private prosecution leading to Mr Banks being committed to trial for electoral fraud.
    Mr Brookings also raises the issue of obstruction of justice by the Police for blocking access to Police files, particularly Banks' police statement on the spurious grounds of privacy when in fa...
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  • John Banks not seeking re-election

    John Banks not seeking re-election

    Embattled Act leader John Banks will not stand in next year's general election following a decision yesterday ordering him to stand trial for electoral fraud. Act Party president John Boscawen announced today via the Act Party website that Mr Banks had decided, after 36 years of public service, to spend more time with his family and his private business interests. He will not be seeking re-election in next year's Genreal Election. "In the meantime, John will continue as the MP for Epsom and lea...
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  • Bush lawyer brings Banks to book

    Bush lawyer brings Banks to book


    Dismiss Graham McCready as an old fool at your peril. The pensioner, jobbing accountant, bush lawyer, angina sufferer and convicted blackmailer may look slightly disheveled and fumble the odd detail in court but he has fired a harpoon into the side of one of the most colourful, controversial and enduring politicians.

    John Banks, a past Police Minister, faces a charge that carries a potential jail sentence of up to two years - and with it a possible fullstop to his career
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