Tame Iti to appeal to Supreme Court
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 8:47a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Urewera activist Tame Iti says he will be appealing his conviction on firearms charges over alleged military camps to the Supreme Court.
He made the announcement on his Twitter account this morning.
After much consideration... I WILL be submitting an appeal to the supreme court... third time's a charm.— Tame Iti (@tameiti) November 21, 2012
After much consideration... I WILL be submitting an appeal to the supreme court... third time's a charm.
Iti is currently in Waikeria Prison – he relays tweets to his whanau by phone.
Iti, Te Rangi-kaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey last month lost a Court of Appeal fight to have their convictions and sentences overturned, after being found guilty of firearms charges relating to what prosecutors alleged were military-style training camps.
Iti's son Wairere said at the time they may consider going to the Supreme Court.
"We haven't discounted the potential of going to the Supreme Court, but obviously there's a cost – not only with time, but money, and Dad's parole is coming up shortly," said the younger Iti.
"We're just really weighing up our options at this stage, to see which is the best way to go."
In a statement Iti said the court decision really only affects his body, and not mind or thinking, and that he continues to use his time in prison constructively.
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22/11/2012 4:16:32 p.m.
I'm not sure what Tame Iti's angle is but he was convicted for possession of firearms which was an easy case to prove considering he didn't have a firearms license for the AK47 & pistols which were HIGHLY restricted firearms where you need a "B" & "E" endorsement.
On the other charges, he was found not guilty.
22/11/2012 1:41:26 p.m.
activistor brat wrote:
I hope he is covering his own court costs And if he wants to run around with guns without the proper licenses etc why doesnt he just take the consequences and stop whining and if he doesnt want to live within the rules of society then he shouldnt get the benefits of society cant have it both ways
22/11/2012 1:12:17 p.m.
How much has this cost in legal aid....and would he be fighting it to the nth degree if any money was coming out of his pocket?
22/11/2012 10:49:13 a.m.
tama iti and the uruwera four were convivted fiearm charges since there was evidence clearly illustrating the use of guns. and whether anyone had a licence, i do not know?...seriously training for security industry is hard to believe, their r numerous industry accredited training providers..
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