Police have charged former Green MP Golriz Ghahraman with a third count of shoplifting this afternoon.
The 43-year-old was previously charged with two counts of shoplifting at a Ponsonby retailer after incidents on December 21 and 23, 2023.
The third charge relates to a Wellington retailer on October 22, 2023.
Police did not name the person charged, but said the charges have been laid as part of an investigation into shoplifting reports “subject to public interest”.
She is expected to appear on all three charges in the Auckland District Court on February 1.
Ghahraman resigned from Parliament on January 16, with the Green Party co-leaders having said the former MP was in a state of “extreme distress”.
Initial charges against Ghahraman were laid about one week after the shoplifting allegations against her surfaced for the first time.
After her resignation, Ghahraman said it was clear to her that her mental health was being badly affected by the stresses relating to her 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.”
Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw said Ghahraman had been the “leading voice” in Parliament for human rights, truly independent foreign policy, and electoral reform for six years.
“Her political achievements are significant.”
“Green MPs are expected to maintain high standards of public behaviour.
“It is clear to us that Ms Ghahraman is in a state of extreme distress. She has taken responsibility and apologised. We support the decision she has made to resign.
“We are deeply sorry to see Ms Ghahraman leave under these circumstances and we wish her all the best for the future.”