Brierley resigns from knighthood 💥👩💥

Disgraced business mogul Ron Brierley has resigned his New Zealand knighthood after he pleaded guilty in court to possessing child abuse material.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that Brierley had been asked to return his insignia after he wrote to the nation’s executive council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor.

“The Queen has been informed,” Ms Ardern said in a statement.

“The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his knighthood.

“The clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 on behalf of the Prime Minister, giving him 30 days in which to provide any information that he considered relevant before the Prime Minister made her decision.

“Ron Brierley may no longer use the title ‘Sir’, and he has been asked to return his insignia.”

Ms Ardern told media at a press conference if Brierley had not resigned his title she would have taken it.

It came after the famed corporate raider pleaded guilty on April 1 in a Sydney court to three counts of possessing child abuse material.

Now 83, the millionaire was stopped by Australian Border Force officers at Sydney Airport after jetting in from Fiji in December 2019.

Australian Federal Police alleged at the time that he was caught with child abuse material in the form of images and videos on electronic devices found in his carry-on bags and at his Point Piper mansion.

Documents tendered to court state the graphic sexual images found on his devices involved girls as young as two years old.

Before his arrest, Brierley had been considered business royalty in both his birth country of New Zealand and adopted home of Australia.

The Wellington-born former head of the Bank of New Zealand was knighted in 1988 for “services to business management and the community” and also served on the board of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust.

Brierley resigns from knighthood

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