People of the
Cook Islands, we have serious criminal law and law enforcement problems.
directly working with the system know how really bad it is.
For example, a
disgruntled Solicitor General amended section 16 of the Judicature Act 1980-81,
32 years ago, to prevent the right to elect trial by Judge and Jury under part
X (10) of the Crimes Act 1969 – these offences include theft, robbery,
burglary, false pretences, fraud, receiving, forgery, wilful damage.
unconsititutional system operated until this change was discovered by an alert
lawyer recently in 2023.
allowing the Police 48 hours to keep arrested people in custody have been
abused and converted by the Police Service as a punishment or “softening up”
process to force a confession.
In New Zealand fighting
is a peace and good order offence. Once the fight is stopped with everything
cleared, despite some offenders running away, it is all over, the arrested are
taken in custody and it is over.
In the Cook
Islands, the Police continues with investigation to catch those they did not
All their time is
wasted hence no traffic control etc.
I am thinking of
applying the Harrassment Act 2017 against the Police for waking households up
where offenders on bail live, to do a “check” (never done in NZ) and following
up on fight escapers, the serious injury cases is an exception.
Taking arrested persons to Arorangi Prison instead of
using the Police station have degrading and demeaning consequences and should
be stopped and reduced to 24 hours, not 48 hours.
Arresting traffic offenders, EBA, or those for
fighting, disorderly behaviour a week later or longer must be stopped.
Police honesty, ethical standards and intergrity is on
a free fall and gets worse every year.
I have caught Police abuse of the worst kind,
embellishing false evidence to prove charges, misleading the court and adopting
improper practices to charge people in Court.
Please bring on an Independent Police Conduct
Authority headed by a retired Judge or experienced retired Lawyer as a matter
I volunteer to give evidence before a Select Committee
up to a week or longer in the future whenever needed to point out the problems and
Commissioner of Police, you will need to review your
own conduct and performance.
I started my career as a Police Officer and remain
proud and honoured to have served in the Cook Islands and New Zealand Police.
Spare a moment and think about our honest, hard working Police Officers, men
and women who work day and night and give them all our support and blessing.
Barrister & Solicitor
graham roper on 22/11/2023
Mr George, are you familiar with the recent assault case that ended with more questions than answers?
Read CI news story on TMO and its links to an assault