John Banks; Conviction Quashed
Written By: – Date published: 12:14 pm, May 19th, 2015 – 196 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, democracy under attack, john banks, Politics – Tags: court of appeal, john banks, kim dotcom
Disgraced former National MP, ACT leader and Auckland Mayor John Banks has had his appeal against conviction for electoral fraud upheld and his conviction quashed. He has been formally acquitted and there will be no second trial.
The Court of Appeal has accepted that Kim Dotcom changed his evidence once affidavits from American witnesses contradicted his claims about the date and circumstances of the lunch at which it was alleged that Banks took two $25k cheques in order to circumvent electoral law. Kim ‘two lunches’ Dotcom’s credibility has dropped even further, possibly harming his ongoing attempt to avoid deportation to the States to face charges there.
Banks is now free to run for the Auckland mayoralty next year, presumably against Labour’s Phil Goff.