Saudi sheep deal raises Govt legality questions

  • 05/08/2015
Saudi sheep deal raises Govt legality questions

There's a shroud of murkiness around the Saudi sheep deal, and hidden under the cloak is Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

More than 900 pages of documents have been released raising doubts about the legality of the Government's dealings with a Saudi businessman.

3 News political editor Patrick Gower has taken a look at the released documents - this morning he joined Paul Henry to discuss how they were less about the "moral side of the deal" but the transport and "whether it was legal to fly these sheep over there or not".

"It was not legal to send sheep over there for slaughter and I guess they were worried that it wasn't legal to send sheep over there for breeding," says Gower. "The question is more of whether it was legal to pay money to help pay off the Saudi businessman." 

Watch the video for the full interview.

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