2 Sep 2014

Collins investigation 'will take weeks'

3:15 pm on 2 September 2014

PM John Key says an investigation into Judith Collins' conduct is likely to report back after the election on September the 20th.

Prime Minister John Key at today's press conference announcing Judith Collins' resignation.

Prime Minister John Key says an investigation into Judith Collins' conduct will take some weeks. Photo: RNZ / Brent Edwards

Key expects the inquiry into allegations levelled at the former Minister of Justice will take some weeks to complete and said it will be conducted by a retired judge or a Queens Counsel who will report to him.

The inquiry will investigate allegations Ms Collins undermined the-then director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, when she had responsibility for the office.

National MP Judith Collins during question time at the debating chamber, Parliament.

National MP Judith Collins during question time at the debating chamber, Parliament. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Ms Collins resigned as a minister at the weekend after an email from rightwing blogger Cameron Slater surfaced suggesting she had been involved in efforts to undermine Feeley in 2011.

Mr Key said he expects to be able to announce more details in the coming days including who is appointed, the terms of reference and the reporting timeframe, he said.

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