A criminal prosecution against Prime Minister John Key
has been filed in Auckland District Court today.
The case, brought by serial litigant Graham McCready, will
use a DVD of Hollywood movie The Wolf of Wall Street as part
of the evidence against Mr Key.
Court documents were sworn into the court today, including a
copy of the movie, naming Mr Key among 10 defendants of 22
As well as Mr Key the list includes Detective Inspector Mark
Benefield, three other police officers, two civil servants, a
QC and a judicial officer.
Some of the charges proposed by Mr McCready's New Zealand
Private Prosecution Service relate to former ACT Party MP
Mr McCready claims the police failed to properly investigate
the politician, under Mr Key's instruction.
Mr McCready laid a prosecution against Banks after police
decided not to charge him over his 2010 mayoral campaign
donation return. He was later found guilty of knowingly
filing a false return over donations from internet
millionaire Kim Dotcom that were declared anonymous.
The activities depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street were "very
relevant" to the case, as they reflected Mr Key's actions, he
said, branding the Prime Minister a "rogue currency trader"
who had applied his "practices to his daily dealings in
Mr Key had aided and abetted Mr Banks' declaration of a false
electoral return by "wilful blindness", he said.
He was confident Mr Key would appear in court to defend the
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ