Former Act leader John Banks has been found not guilty of lying about his election spending.
Last year Mr Banks was convicted of failing to declare two $25,000 donations from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom during his mayoralty campaign in 2010. Banks faced the prospect of prison time after being found guilty.
However, new evidence was found that showed Banks had not discussed the issue of donations with his meeting with Kim Dotcom.
Mr Banks said the truth had prevailed after three years of “hell” going through the courts.
He also said that people had no idea how punishing and lonely the process had been.
Mr Banks said Solicitor General Mike Heron QC should stand aside while the Attorney General, Chris Finlayson, investigated him.