Reid drops fight against conviction
Disgraced former government prosecutor Warwick Reid has dropped his battle against conviction for perverting the course of justice, less than a month after filing an appeal.
A spokesman for the New Zealand Crown Law Office in Wellington yesterday confirmed Reid, 48, had written to them saying he would drop his appeal. The spokesman refused to give details.
An Independent Commission Against Corruption source said the commission had been informed of Reid's about-face.
The once acting deputy director of public prosecutions was jailed for 11/2 years in New Zealand in September. He had pleaded guilty to receiving a NZ$1 million (HK$5.4 million) bribe for signing a false affidavit on behalf of convicted Malaysian businessman Ch'ng Poh.
Reid, who filed the appeal at the end of January, is being held at Waikeria medium security prison in New Zealand's North Island.