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ACT: Rodney Hide Lodges Peters Complaint With SFO

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30 July 2008 - ACT Leader Rodney Hide today confirmed that he had lodged a complaint with the Serious Fraud Office seeking an investigation into the activities of New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters and other associated parties.

"It is my considered opinion that issues raised by the 'Dominion Post' and the 'New Zealand Herald' require proper and independent investigation," Mr Hide said.

"I had hoped that Prime Minister Helen Clark would do the proper thing: stand Mr Peters down and launch an investigation. Instead, she simply accepted his word that nothing illegal has occurred.

"I believe the people of New Zealand expect something better of the Government and of Parliament in the face of such questionable activities for which Mr Peters has offered no explanation.

"The Serious Fraud Office is the appropriate Government department capable of carrying out an independent, thorough and competent investigation - more so with its current powers. It is vital that such an investigation be seen to be unfettered by any suggestion of political interference, real or imagined.

"I have fully detailed to the SFO my areas of concern, respectfully suggesting that these are matters of high public importance that require investigation," Mr Hide said.

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