Red shirt rorts: Top cop denies political interference over fraud squad
Mr Ashton has denied suggestions of political interference in the investigation of the ALP’s red shirt rorts, and promised to ask his deputy if there had been any complaints.
Neil Mitchell and The Age newspaper today reported that police involved in the red shirts investigation feel they have been “restricted”.
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“I am not accusing Daniel Andrews, Labor nor the Chief Commissioner of doing this … but it is my information today that police involved in the red shirts investigation feel they have been restricted.”#springst #vicvotes
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“There hasn’t been any political interference in the case,” Mr Ashton said in response to questioning from Neil Mitchell this morning. “No instruction nor pressure from me, and no politician has put pressure on me.”
“I will ask the deputy commissioner that today … and get his assurance on that.”
Police chief Graham Ashton promises to look into allegations of political influence over red shirts investigation, but denies any knowledge of such claims.
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Premier Daniel Andrews today said he has seen no evidence to back up claims that undue influence has been exerted over the fraud squad’s investigation.
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