5 Nov 2015

Court decision on Cooks' Teina Bishop expected

9:53 am on 5 November 2015

A decision on whether the former Cook Islands cabinet minister, Teina Bishop, will face a high court trial on bribery, is now expected to be issued at the start of next week.

Teina Bishop supported by his daughter Tania Bishop outside the High Court in Rarotonga

Teina Bishop supported by his daughter Tania Bishop outside the High Court in Rarotonga Photo: RNZI/Cook Islands News

For the past two years Cook Islands police have been investigating allegations of suspect dealings between Mr Bishop and foreign fishing company Luen Thai.

For the first time in the country's history the Commissioner of Police Ma'ara Tetava sought leave to prosecute the former Minister of Marine Resources on bribery charges.

Under Cook Islands law, leave to prosecute a Member of Parliament is required from a High Court judge.

A decision was expected yesterday but Cook Islands Chief Justice Thomas Weston says the reserved judgement will be issued on Monday at 1pm local time.