Labour Party laments the lack of a corporate manslaughter law – no individuals can be held criminally liable for Pike River Mine tragedy…
The decision by police not to prosecute over the 29 deaths at the Pike River Mine is being lamented by Labour MP Andrew Little, who says charges could have been laid if we had a corporate manslaughter law.
Police say they can’t prosecute for manslaughter because of the evidence needed to succeed with the charge.
Mr Little says the benefit of a dedicated corporate manslaughter law is police wouldn’t have to tie the cause of the deaths to specific actions of individual people, but could look at aggregate failures by a number of people to make a charge stick.
He has a corporate manslaughter bill in parliament’s members ballot.
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