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New Zealand Green Party parliamentarian resigns over shoplifting allegations

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A New Zealand Green Party parliamentarian resigned on Monday after it was alleged by media she had shoplifted at high-end native boutiques on not less than three events.

Without particularly addressing the accusations, the member of parliament, Golriz Ghahraman, stated in a press release that psychological well being points and work stress had led to her appearing in a means that was utterly out of character.

“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,” her assertion stated.

Local media have reported that Iranian-born Ghahraman, who has been in parliament since 2017 and was the primary refugee to develop into a member of parliament, is accused of shoplifting at Scotties Boutique in Ponsonby, Auckland, and at Cre8iveworkz in Wellington.

New Zealand Police stated in a press release they have been investigating an incident at a Ponsonby retailer in December however wouldn’t give another particulars. They didn’t verify the incident concerned Ms. Ghahraman.

Ms. Ghahraman stated that she thanked Scotties Boutique for his or her kindness and empathy.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw stated that whereas parliament was a tense place for everyone, Ms. Ghahraman had a very troublesome time as she had acquired quite a few threats from members of the general public since arriving in workplace.

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