AC/DC murder plot charge dropped

(bursa eskort) — AC/DC – pictured here in 2003 – are one of the highest grossing music acts of all time

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The Australian drummer of hard rock group AC/DC, Phil Rudd, has had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand

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On Thursday, the 60-year-old musician appeared in court after a police raid on his waterfront house in Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island. He was released on bail and told he must not contact anyone involved in the alleged murder plot.

But on Friday, prosecuting lawyer Greg Hollister Jones said his office had reviewed the case and found there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge of attempting to procure murder

The initial charge of attempting to procure murder was made by police, but after Mr Rudd’s court appearance, Crown prosecutors took on the case

Local media reports said at the time that the alleged plot targeted two men. The judge ruled that their names as well as that of the alleged hit man could not be revealed.

The man allegedly named in court papers as the intended hitman told The New Zealand Herald newspaper he believed the matter had been blown out of proportion

Describing himself as a family man, not a hitman, he said the charges against Mr Rudd whom he considered a friend were simply “hot air. However, the man refused to blame police, who he said were just doing their job

The BBC’s Jon Donnison in Sydney says the episode will prove embarrassing for the New Zealand police

Mr Rudd, who has lived in New Zealand for over two decades, is next due in court on 27 November. AC/DC launches its new album on 2 December

The drummer was kicked out of the band in 1983 and rejoined in 1994

But his absence from a recent photo of band members prompted online speculation about whether he was still in the band

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