Action against Key and Banks rejected

SIMON DAY
Last updated 10:24 08/08/2014
Graham McCready Easter Ward Candidate
PROSECUTION REJECTED: Graham McCready.

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Serial private prosecutor Graham McCready has had his most recent attempt to bring action against Prime Minister John Key, former MP John Banks and the police rejected by the courts.

The retired Wellington accountant filed 16 private prosecutions against eight people including Key, Banks and Detective Inspector Mark Benefield. However, Auckland District Court judge Russell Collins said the prosecutions could not be accepted for filing due to a lack of evidence.

In June, Banks was found guilty of knowingly transmitting a false electoral return after a private prosecution was brought against the former ACT MP by McCready.

Among the just-rejected private prosecutions, McCready alleged that Key and Benefield were accessories to Banks's Electoral Act offence.

"There is no evidence advanced that supports the allegation that Mr Key did any of the things required... to make him an accessory to the offence committed by Mr Banks. In those circumstances the charging document cannot be accepted for filing," said Collins.

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