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Procuring-Murder Charge Against Phil Rudd Dropped

According to Stuff.co.nz, a New Zealand police charge of "attempting to procure murder" against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped. Rudd, who is on bail and is set to reappear in court at the end of the month, still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Rudd's lawyer, Paul Mabey, said that the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones withdrew the attempting-to-procure-murder charge after a meeting with Mabey and police.

States Mabey: "I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge. The charge should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor's opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn — within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd's first appearance in court."

Mabey adds "Rudd would defend the threatening to kill charge. He also described the drugs possession charges as "minor."

Asked about the decision to drop the charge, Crown spokeswoman Jan Fulstow said: "It is a matter for the police. The police do not have to come to the Crown to seek permission to lay charges. The police make decisions on charges etc having regard for the evidence that they have. Whether or not someone is high profile makes no difference, it is a matter for the police."

Rudd was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill two men. Their names and that of the intended hitman were not released to the media.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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