CLP backs former candidate on booze, drugs charges

CLP backs former candidate on booze, drugs charges
October 26, 2008 09:01:00
October 26, 2008 09:49:00
Northern Territory Country Liberal Party president Rick Setter says a former CLP candidate facing criminal charges will continue as a party member unless he is found guilty.
Former candidate for Arafura, Tristan James Mungatopi, will appear in the Darwin Magistrate’s court again next month on charges of bringing drugs into a prescribed area.
Police say less than three weeks after this year’s Territory election he was allegedly caught at the Tiwi Islands’ main airport with 48 grams of marijuana and a bottle of bourbon.
“Tristan stood as a candidate, he joined the party not long prior to that time,” he said.
“He’s played no role in the party at all since the election and in fact as I said, I’ve been unable to contact him so he’s a member of the party and that’s where it remains.”
Mr Setter says Mungatopi was thoroughly checked before being endorsed by the party.
“Tristan joined the party just prior to nominating to be a candidate. He was interviewed and became the candidate, or one of the candidates, for the electorate of Arafura,” he said.
“He had played no role in the party prior to that time and none since the election.”
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