O’Neill arrest withdrawn

Caption: Former prime minister, Peter O’Neill. Photo: AFP or licensors

Police have withdrawn their arrest warrant against former prime minister, Peter O’Neill.

Radio New Zealand International reported on Thursday that an arrest warrant was issued for the Ialibu-Pangia MP on Oct 11.

Mr O’Neill has sought leave for a judicial review of the warrant in relation to a corruption case, calling it defective.

But on Thursday, police withdrew the warrant, seeking to have the legal proceedings against him thrown out.

But Mr O’Neill’s lawyers argued against the move, saying police would just seek a fresh warrant to avoid the review.

The State Solicitor, however, argued that Mr O’Neill’s lawyers were trying to delay the matter by keeping it in court.

The case has been adjourned.

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