23 Oct 2020

Sportsman may head to Supreme Court over name suppression

3:37 pm on 23 October 2020

A prominent sportsman may take his fight for permanent name suppression to the highest court in New Zealand.

The NZ Coat of Arms on the Supreme Court building in Wellington.

The NZ Coat of Arms on the Supreme Court building in Wellington. Photo: PHOTO NZ

He has until mid-November, with suppression continuing until then, to ask the Supreme Court to consider his case.

The man was a 'connected person' in the trial of a trio of men found guilty of importing methamphetamine from California.

Although he was the subject of police interest the authorities did not execute a search warrant and have never charged him.

The sportsman has fought to keep his name secret for the past 18 months and will remain anonymous pending a possible request for a Supreme Court hearing.