No bail for Urewera accused
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 1:08p.m.
Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, the two of the "Urewera Four" jailed for firearms charges, will have to remain behind bars while their appeal is heard, judges have ruled.
Iti and Kemara were jailed in May for two-and-a-half years on six charges of unlawful use of a firearm in connection with alleged military-style camps in the Ureweras, following contentious armed police raids in 2007.
The pair are seeking to overturn their convictions and sentences in the Court of Appeal next month and also want to be released on bail until then.
However, in a decision released on Monday, three Court of Appeal judges ruled their case for bail did not meet the high threshold required.
Their appeal case will now be heard on August 22.
Iti and Kemara were found guilty of some firearms charges, not guilty on others, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges of participation in an organised criminal group during their High Court trial in May.
Two other accused, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey, also found guilty of firearms charges, were sentenced to nine months' home detention.
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15/11/2012 4:41:03 p.m.
i believe that Tame Iti should be let free. he has served his two and a half years of imprisonment because of the firearms act so why is he still in prison?? police has no right to keep him in he has not physically harmed anyone and i believe that the government just doesnt want a voice to be heard and people to turn to Tame for leadership. DROP ALL CHARGES!!!!!
16/07/2012 6:11:04 p.m.
@ Dave: all the film material obtained was used by the police at trial. There is no 'other' film material that was not shown. It was illegally obtained by the police but still admissible for the four 4 remaining accused. Get your facts right!
16/07/2012 2:05:33 p.m.
they should just keep quite and take there punishment. No clear thinking person believes they were there to hunt or other similar thing. they only got away with it doe the the fact that evidence required to convince them was ruled invalid. If they have nothing to hide, show all the filming.
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