Jail term For For­mer Cooks Min­is­ter

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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.

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