OG to face criminal charges?

Whaleoil notes that besieged billionaire Owen Glenn may never return to New Zealand. He told the New Zealand Herald on Friday that “I just don’t find New Zealand a very friendly place and it’s unlikely I will go back”.

Whaleoil is just speculating, but he wonders if Mr Glenn’s decision not to step foot in New Zealand again may not be the result of legal advice?

After all, there is at least a chance that the New Zealand Police might want to investigate any links between any Glenn’s alleged “donation” to Winston Peters and the Monaco job he’s so interested in, and that, on the face of it, seems to put him on the wrong side of section 102(2) of the Crimes Act 1961 which seems pretty clear to Whaleoil: “Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any Minister of the Crown or member of the Executive Council in respect of any act or omission by him in his capacity as a Minister or member of the Executive Council.”

Even more serious is the suggestion it may have been Mr Glenn who offered Tariana Turia $250,000 if she would support Helen Clark for Prime Minister instead of Don Brash. What part of section 103(2) of the Crimes Act – “every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any member of Parliament in respect of any act or omission by him in his capacity as a member of Parliament” – doesn’t that breach?

And in case you don’t think a party donation, cushy Monaco posting or making Clark Prime Minister meets the definition of “bribe”, take a look at section 99 of the Crimes Act: “Bribe means any money, valuable consideration, office, or employment, or any benefit, whether direct or indirect”

Who is going to lay the complaint with the police? You may have to beat Whaleoil in the stampede to Auckland Central Police Station.

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