Blogger defies assault case suppression order

Last updated 05:00 21/05/2010

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An Auckland blogger has defied a court-ordered suppression by publishing the name of a senior civil servant facing a charge of assault.

The man, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, has had his name suppressed. His case is currently before the courts.

The Dominion Post cannot name the blogger because doing so could draw attention to the naming of the man.

The blogger wrote there should be "concern that there is suppression in this case" because the man's name was reported in news media stories more than a year ago and a simple Google search revealed the stories.

"This has all the hallmarks of something being swept under the caret (sic) by the establishment. A cosy little arrangement to protect ... I fully expect I'll get slapped with another charge over this one."

Police National Headquarters spokesman Grant Ogilvie said police were "aware of the matter but unable to comment any further".

Mr Ogilvie was unable to comment whether police had decided to prosecute the blogger.

A spokeswoman from Solicitor-General David Collins' office said breaches of suppression were criminal offences and were in most cases prosecuted by police.

The office had not fielded any complaints about the naming of the man.

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- The Dominion Post

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