Police decide Barclay will not be prosecuted

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Todd Barclay Former Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay will not face prosecution over the alleged taping of private communications.

In June, police announced a re-investigation into allegations the private communications of an individual were intercepted by Mr Barclay.

Former senior electorate secretary Glenys Dickson, who was at the centre of the allegations, told the Ensign the matter had been dealt with by police.

“A decision had been made and we can all put it behind us,” she said.

It had been a difficult saga for everybody, Mrs Dickson said.

The original investigation in 2016 found there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Barclay.

The re-investigation was ordered after further comment and information arose in the public domain this year.

Assistant Commissioner (investigations) Richard Chambers said police assessed all the information, spoke again to people already interviewed, and also spoke for the first time to individuals it was thought could have relevant information.

Police requested an interview from Mr Barclay, who again declined, as was his right, Mr Chambers said.

“After a thorough review of all information available to us, including legal advice both internal and from Crown Law, plus consideration of the Solicitor-general’s prosecution guidelines, police has determined there is no change to the outcome of the original investigation,” Mr Chambers said.

In that first investigation, no search warrants were sought or executed, as there was insufficient evidence to seek such warrants, he said.

That remained the situation during the re-investigation.

During the re-investigation, police also looked at suggestions there had been an element of coercion in relation to certain key witnesses, he said.

“We have found nothing to substantiate these suggestions.

“We are aware that the original investigation has been subject to some criticism.”

Mataura Licensing Trust board chairman Horace McAuley told the Ensign the trust benefited hugely from Mr Barclay’s involvement during his time as Clutha-Southland MP and he believed new MP Hamish Walker would continue the good work.