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Hidden Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom donation ends New Zealand MP's career

Published on Jun 8, 2014 4:15 PM
 
Kim Dotcom talks exclusively to Reuters during his Internet Party pool party at the Dotcom mansion in Coatesville, Auckland April 13, 2014. A New Zealand government-allied MP with links to Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom announced his resignation on Sunday after being found guilty of making false declarations about donations from the founder of the Megaupload file-sharing website. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A New Zealand government-allied MP with links to Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom announced his resignation on Sunday after being found guilty of making false declarations about donations from the founder of the Megaupload file-sharing website.

The decision by ACT Party MP and former cabinet minister John Banks to quit politics reduced the ruling National Party-led coalition's majority to two.

Banks, 67, who entered parliament in 1981, issued a statement on Sunday saying his resignation would take effect next Friday.

Banks had been under pressure to resign after he was found guilty of electoral fraud last week for falsely declaring donations relating to his failed Auckland mayoral campaign in 2010.

 
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