New Zealand strikes to strip knighthood over baby porn

Ron Brierley

2021-04-01 09:50:14

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved to strip high-profile businessman Ron Brierley of his knighthood on Thursday after the Sydney-based octogenarian pleaded responsible to possessing baby pornography.

In what’s believed to be an unprecedented transfer, Ardern’s workplace stated she had launched motion to take away the honour, which was bestowed on New Zealand-born Brierley in 1988.

“There’s a course of for forfeiture, and the prime minister has requested for this to be initiated,” a spokesman stated.

Brierley, 83, pleaded responsible in a Sydney court docket Thursday to a few counts of possessing baby abuse materials.

He was arrested at Sydney airport in December 2019, with police on the time saying massive quantities of kid pornography had been discovered on his laptop computer and laborious drives throughout a baggage search.

Brierley earned a fame as one among Australasia’s most feared company raiders within the Nineteen Eighties, turning his Brierley Investments into New Zealand’s largest listed firm.

He was knighted for his companies to enterprise administration.

No New Zealand knight has been stripped of the honour earlier than, though Albert Henry, the previous prime minister of New Zealand dependency the Cook dinner Islands, misplaced his in 1978 after being convicted of electoral fraud.

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