Graham McCready has said pursuing private prosecutions
against a senior police officer and the Prime Minister is not a
waste of court time.
The retired accountant laid a prosecution against John Banks
after police decided not to charge the former Act MP over his
2010 mayoral campaign donation return.
The Crown later took over the case and after a trial in the
High Court at Auckland, Banks was found guilty of knowingly
filing a false return over donations from Kim Dotcom that
were declared anonymous.
Mr McCready told Radio New Zealand this morning that his
latest private prosecutions were against Prime Minister John
Key and the police officer who led the investigation into
Banks and did not lay charges against him.
He rejected claims the law suits were a waste of judicial
"That's not my issues, that's what the courts are there for.
I'm not a serial litigant, I'm New Zealand's private
prosecutor who is representing the public ... In fact the
courts have said that these public prosecutions are a
powerful check on the abuse of power by the executive branch
Detective Inspector Mark Benefield, who led the police
investigation into Banks, is accused of conspiring with the
former MP and others, "probably" including Prime Minister
John Key, to defeat the course of justice by not prosecuting.
Another charging document alleges Mr Benefield became an
accessory to Banks' offending.
Mr McCready has also laid charging documents alleging Mr Key
committed the same offences, while a further charging
document has been laid against Banks for allegedly conspiring
to defeat the course of justice.
Mr McCready said he believed Mr Benefield and Mr Key could
both be found guilty.
"Absolutely I do, because of our independent judiciary."
Like any private prosecution, Mr McCready's will now go
through an administrative process, and a district court judge
will have to decide whether it should continue.
- Sophie Ryan of APNZ