Jail term For Former Cooks Minister
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.
Teina Bishop supported by his daughter Tania Bishop outside the High Court in Rarotonga.