Prosecution of Dunne sought

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 14:41 24/06/2013
Peter Dunne
ON THE OUTER: MP Peter Dunne.

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UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne could soon be facing a private prosecution, alleging fraud and Crimes Act offences.

Graham McCready, under the name of the The New Zealand Private Prosecution Service Limited, said he had laid four ''informations'' before the Wellington District Court today.

Three were allegations of breaches against the Crimes Act, linked to allegations Dunne leaked a copy of a report into the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

The fourth alleged fraud, linked to Dunne being awarded parliamentary funding as the leader of a political party, when UnitedFuture had insufficient numbers to declare that the party had 500 members.

"Mr Dunne finds himself in the same position as a welfare beneficiary who has had a substantial change of circumstances, takes no steps to alert WINZ of the change and continues to receive the money," McCready said in a statement.

McCready, a retired accountant, has previously launched private prosecutions against Act MP John Banks, for filing a false electoral return after his failed 2010 bid for Auckland super city mayoralty, and against Labour MP Trevor Mallard for fighting in a public place.

Mallard pleaded guilty to a charge of fighting in a public place, while Banks pleaded not guilty when he last appeared in the Auckland District Court at the end of May. Banks' lawyer, David Jones QC, said the prosecution was ''fundamentally flawed and so the charge will be defended''.

This afternoon McCready said the prosecution of Dunne was an act of ''social justice''.

''We're the last port of call. It's just fair and reasonable. It appears Mr Dunne has broken the law and he should face the proceedings like anyone else would,'' McCready said.

''I don't know Mr Dunne, never met him, I'm not a member of any political party.''

Dunne said he would be talking to lawyers about McCready's attempts at legal action.

"I have not yet had the chance to obtain legal advice on these matters, and will be doing so, but my initial reaction is that they are simply nonsense," he said.

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