Former Cook Islands Minister Sentenced To 28 Months In Jail

Bishop convicted of corruption charges while Minister of Marine Resources

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 26, 2016) – Former Cook Islands Minister of Marine Resources Teina Bishop has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment.

Bishop was found guilty last month on corruption charges as a minister of the Crown.

It involved a loan obtained by Bishop from a subsidiary of a foreign fishing company and the subsequent granting of fishing licences.

This is the first time a sentence of imprisonment has been handed down to a Cook Islander for corrupt activities while serving as a minister of the Crown.

The sentencing ends three years of investigation into the case by Cook Islands Police and the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office and a trial that lasted almost two weeks.

It is understood the sentence will be appealed by Mr Bishop's defence team.

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