Another shoplifting allegation has been linked to Green MP Golriz Ghahraman, Stuff reports.
Ghahraman has previously faced two allegations of shoplifting from a boutique Auckland store. However, the newest allegation reportedly stemmed from an incident in Wellington.
Stuff reports the owner of Wellington store Cre8iveworx emailed other businesses earlier today regarding a complaint she had filed last year.
In the email, she reportedly mentioned Ghahraman by name and included images which allegedly showed the MP in the store, according to Stuff.
A police spokesperson tonight confirmed to 1News a report had been filed with police on October 26 about an incident of shoplifting.
The report to police was lodged just 12 days after the general election, in which Ghahraman was re-elected to Parliament on the party list.
“Police can confirm they received a report of shoplifting at a Cuba Street store on October 26, 2023. Enquiries into the matter are ongoing,” police said.
“In general, police are unable to respond to requests which seek to confirm or deny whether a named individual is under police investigation.”
A Green Party spokesperson told 1News tonight: “This is a matter for the police to investigate.”
When the owner of Cre8iveworx was contacted by Stuff for comment, they reportedly said: “This is an ongoing investigation, so at this stage; I wouldn’t feel comfortable discussing this case. I do, however, hope justice is served”.
According to its website, Cre8iveworx is a retailer specialising in New Zealand-made homeware, accessories, ceramics, art, stationery and clothing.
1News has approached Cre8iveworx for comment this evening.
The allegation reported today would be the third claim made in relation to Ghahraman.
Earlier allegations in Auckland
The first allegation of shoplifting was alleged to have occurred at boutique Auckland clothing store Scotties and was revealed last week at a time when the MP was out of the country. The Green Party said the overseas trip has been “long-planned” by the MP.
The party confirmed Ghahraman was back in New Zealand on Monday.
On January 10, the party confirmed Ghahraman had been stood down from her portfolio responsibilities — which include justice — while the facts of the situation were established.
On Friday, Green co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson confirmed in a joint statement they had become aware of the allegation before New Year.
The party also confirmed it was made aware of a second allegation on January 5 — alleged to have occurred at the same shop several weeks prior.
“Scotties had told us they did not want the allegations to become public so we did not make a statement at the time. However, Ms. Ghahraman did agree to stand down from her portfolios until the matter was resolved.”
The statement said the Green Party had a “long-standing commitment to looking into matters such as these in a way that is fair to everyone involved”.
“We will not be commenting further until we have gathered all the facts and spoken with Ms Ghahraman after she returns to New Zealand.
“In the meantime, we are aware that some people may be working to exploit this situation for their own political gain.
“To that effect, let us be clear that no other Green Party MPs were involved in the alleged incident, we have had no contact with the police, and it would not be appropriate for us to comment on their investigation in any way.”