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DPP refutes ILO involvement in release of Trade Unionist

May 8, 2019 4:54 pm

Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde, has refuted claims made in a report by Radio New Zealand today.

They reported that the International Labour Organisation was involved in negotiations to release a trade unionist from police custody last week.

Felix Anthony and two other trade unionists Salanieta Matiavi and Paula Manumanunitoga, were arrested last week on suspicion of having breached the Public Order Act.

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Pryde says at no time did ILO have anything to do with the release of Felix Anthony from custody.

He says Anthony was released along with Matiavi and Manumanunitoga, within the 48-hour time frame without charge after the police were satisfied there was no need for further enquiry.

He says any suggestions that the ILO or any other organisation negotiated their release are false.

Pryde also says the files of the three trade unionists are with their office and a decision on what charges, if any, will be made in due course.

The decision to charge is made independently by the DPP on the basis of sufficiency of the evidence and the public interest.

He states this process does not involve negotiations with the ILO or any other organisation or person.

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