Former SA Labor MP Annabel Digance charged with blackmailing Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas

A former South Australia Labor MP and her husband have been arrested and charged with blackmail offences, after allegedly threatening the leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas.

Annabel Digance was a Labor MP in South Australia from 2014, until her defeat at the 2018 state election.

Police said shortly after 7:00am this morning, a 60-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were arrested at a property in Strathalbyn, south of Adelaide.

Police say they have been charged with blackmail, which has a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

The couple will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court later today.

Ms Digance has recently spoken out about what she described as bullying and intimidation by the Labor Party.

She said she was intimidated into not speaking out about a racist flyer which was used as part of her 2014 election campaign.

Ms Digance spoke out about the flyer — which targeted a Liberal candidate — just over a fortnight ago prompting an apology from state secretary Reggie Martin, who approved it.

The flyer asked: “Can you trust Habib?” and featured a wall ridden with bullet holes.

Carolyn Habib — who has since married and changed her name to Carolyn Power — lost the 2014 election to Ms Digance but won in 2018.

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