Police have charged former Green MP Golriz Ghahraman with two counts of shoplifting this afternoon, one week after allegations first surfaced against her.

A police spokesperson confirmed a 43-year-old woman has been summoned to appear in the Auckland District Court next month.

They did not name the person charged, but said the charges had been laid “as part of an investigation into shoplifting reports that are subject to ongoing public interest”.

“These charges relate to incidents at a Ponsonby retailer that allegedly occurred on December 21 and 23, 2023,” police said.

“The woman is expected to appear in the Auckland District Court on February 1.

“Police are continuing to investigate but, given matters are before the court, we are limited in further comment.”

The police confirmation of charges comes hours after officers spoke to the embattled former MP at her home earlier today.

Ghahraman resigned from Parliament yesterday with Green Party co-leaders having said the 43-year-old was “in a state of extreme distress”.

In a public statement, she said: “I have let down a lot of people and I am very sorry.”

Today’s police charges were lodged exactly one week after shoplifting allegations against Ghahraman surfaced for the first time.

Ghahraman said in her statement, that it was clear to her that her mental health was being badly affected by the stresses relating to my work.

“This has led me to act in ways that are completely out of character. I am not trying to excuse my actions, but I do want to explain them.

“People should, rightly, expect the highest standards of behaviour from their elected representatives. I fell short. I’m sorry.

“It’s not a behaviour I can explain because it’s not rational in any way, and after medical evaluation, I understand I’m not well.

“The mental health professional I see says my recent behaviour is consistent with recent events giving rise to extreme stress response, and relating to previously unrecognised trauma.

“With that in mind, I don’t want to hide behind my mental health problems, and I take full responsibility for my actions which I deeply regret.

“I have let down a lot of people and I am very sorry.

“The best thing for my mental health is to resign as a Member of Parliament and to focus on my recovery and to find other ways to work for positive change in the world.”

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