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IPCA launches investigation into Police actions relating to Rewa case

23 August 2013

The Independent Police Conduct Authority today announced that it will investigate allegations of Police misconduct and the failure of Police to investigate information relating to Malcolm Rewa.

Independent Police Conduct Authority Chair, Judge Sir David Carruthers said the Authority has reflected on the information that has been raised over the past few days relating to this matter and has independently decided an investigation is warranted.

“This will focus on the nature of the Police investigation into the historical allegations of rape raised by a number of women and whether Police should have identified the perpetrator during the course of their investigation. It will not consider matters in relation to Teina Pora that are currently before the Court.

“We have listened to the conversations and discussions involving this matter and we have taken everything on board. It is not unusual for the Authority to re-evaluate a decision as new information comes to light,” Sir David said.

“Our role is to consider complaints about alleged Police misconduct or neglect of duty, or about Police practices, policies or procedures. The Authority is fully independent of Police and as such this investigation will be carried out by the Authority’s independent staff.

“The investigation team will reflect our independence and will be made up of staff including non-New Zealand investigators and others from different backgrounds with experience of rape and sexual abuse matters.”

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