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December 15 2008; 12:39

Justice Minister to consider inquiry into Peter Ellis case

Minister of Justice Simon Power says he will consider a request to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the Peter Ellis case and will approach the issue with an open mind.

Ellis, a worker at the Christchurch Civic Creche, was found guilty of sexually abusing children and jailed in 1993, but maintains his innocence and wants to clear his name.

An approach to reconsider the case was made by three high profile New Zealanders, Dr Don Brash, Katherine Rich and historian Lynley Hood.

Ellis says he is wary the same ministerial bureaucrats who have considered his case before, will offer the new Minister the same advice, and a new approach will go nowhere.

However he says he will remain positive.