– New Zealand Parliament –
by Patrick O'Brien
In 2004, a group of police officers admitted what countless New Zealanders already knew from first hand experience — New Zealand police tell lies in court. The officers, around 50 in number and collectively known as The USED Group, appeared on National Television and told how the New Zealand police administration had trained them to use drugs, tamper with evidence, tell lies and commit perjury to obtain convictions.
The sworn affidavits of these officers were tabled in the Parliament and so I wrote to the House in 2008 and asked three simple questions:
◦ Was this matter investigated and, if so, by whom?
◦ Was the result of this investigation reported back to the Parliament?
◦ What has the Parliament done subsequently?
I’m still waiting for a response. Here’s my correspondence on the matter: