23 Jul 2016

Former Cook Islands opposition leader considers an appeal

5:41 pm on 23 July 2016
One Cook Islands Party leader Teina Bishop

Teina Bishop, the former opposition leader, was found guilty of corruption this week. Photo: Phillipa Webb / Cook Islands News

The former Cook Islands opposition leader, Teina Bishop, is considering appealing against a guilty verdict handed down by a court this week.

Mr Bishop was found guilty of corruption for a deal he did with a fishing company when he was the minister of marine resources.

In an emailed statement, Mr Bishop told our correspondent he is considering his legal options, and wanted to put to rest speculation about the future of the opposition coalition.

The former One Cook Islands Party leader says the coalition with the Democratic Party would endure, and that his conviction was a "minor setback" that would not cloud its objectives.

Mr Bishop remains on bail ahead of his sentencing on the 25th of August.