Pitt refuses to be arrested

Tuesday November 03, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

The government is taking steps to stop a legal opinion about its financial processes being made public, with police trying to arrest Cook Islands Herald publisher George Pitt yesterday.


Crown Law successfully applied for a High Court injunction on Friday that ordered Pitt not to broadcast or publish in any manner contents of the legal opinion. Pitt defied the injunction by talking about the legal opinion on Matariki FM and Radio Cook Islands yesterday, saying he believes the contents of the report should be made public.

Police arrived at the publisher’s home yesterday afternoon to arrest Pitt. However, he refused to accompany them.

Pitt says he told the policemen, ‘I’m not going anywhere, I’m staying right here’. And he says he’s going to lay a complaint over the way he was treated and because police officers informed him they were acting on the instructions of Crown Law.

“They (government) are riding roughshod and using a sledgehammer to crack an egg, and this is a government that says it has no secrets”.

Says Pitt: “The Prime Minister and minister Mark Brown have stood in Parliament and moralised about the government having nothing to hide. They’re behaving desperately because they don’t want the information (from the legal opinion) to get out”.

Pitt now expects to be summoned to appear in court and charged with defying the injunction. 

1 comment

  • Comment Link mana Thursday, 05 November 2015 17:58 posted by mana

    If its public money then the public have a right to see its financial processes on how tax payers money is being spent.

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