A former South Australian (SA) Labor MP and her husband have been arrested for allegedly blackmailing state Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas.
Annabel Digance, 63, and her husband Greg Digance, 60, appeared earlier than the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday and have been launched on bail, to seem earlier than the court docket on June 15.
Their bail situations embrace that they haven’t any contact with Malinauskas by any means, give up their passports and that they every lodge a $5000 surety with the court docket in money.
The SA Police (SAPOL) alleged in a statement that the couple had sought to acquire private acquire by threatening to make allegations of misconduct by Malinauskas.
“It is important to be clear that the allegations did not relate to any form of criminal behaviour by Mr. Malinauskas,” the assertion reads. “Mr. Malinauskas is simply the victim of an alleged blackmail and the details of the allegation will be presented and tested through the prosecution and judicial process.”
“Mr. Malinauskas firstly approached SAPOL in Feb. 2020 and the investigation has been ongoing since then—culminating in today’s arrests.”
Malinauskas mentioned he was not able to touch upon the case because it was now earlier than the court docket.
“Early last year, I witnessed conduct that I thought was inappropriate and potentially unlawful, which is exactly why I immediately sought legal advice, and then subsequently reported that matter to South Australian police,” he said.
Digance served as a member of parliament for the seat of Elder from 2014 to 2018 and is now an affiliate professor at Flinders University and an lively person on Twitter.
On March 28, she posted on Twitter: “Politicians must demonstrate integrity & leadership.”
The put up adopted accusations that the Labor celebration had used “racist” election flyers throughout the 2014 election marketing campaign.
The flyers focused her opponent, Carolyn Habib, and requested readers “Can you trust Habib?” Critics say it was a smear marketing campaign for Habib’s surname.
Digance blamed the celebration for the flyers and claimed she had been threatened by the celebration into silence.
…@alpsa ‘apology under pressure’…that’s one completed! Politicians should show integrity & management – not the identical outdated gene pool of group assume entitled patronising boys membership! @SALibMedia #EnoughIsEnough #March4Justice https://t.co/2KimYdS5nd
— Assoc Prof Annabel Digance (@AnnabelDigance) March 27, 2021
AAP contributed to this report.