Urewera appeal dismissed
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 2:37p.m.
By 3 News online staff
The so-called Urewera Four have had their appeals against convictions and sentences dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
Prominent Tuhoe activist Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey were all found guilty by a High Court jury in Auckland on firearms charges over what prosecutors alleged were military-style camps in 2006 and 2007. The four took their case to the court arguing their trial wasn’t fair and their sentences weren’t appropriate.
They said, among other things, the camps were a Wananga for learning about bushcraft, or were for security industry training.
Their plea was turned down by Justices Mark O’Regan, Terrance Arnold and Ellen France today, saying the trial was fair and the sentences were adequate.
“We consider it was open to the Judge to reach the factual findings he did,” their report says.
“Indeed, there is force in the Crown submission that in giving credit for the appellants’ altruistic motivation, the approach taken was generous.”
Iti and Kemara were both handed jail sentences of two-and-a-half years, while Signer and Bailey were given nine months' home detention.
Iti's lawyer, Russell Fairbrother, said at the appeal hearing in August that the Auckland jury should have been instructed by the trial judge about the different lifestyle in Ruatoki, where seeing someone with a firearm in the street wasn't seen as alarming.
Signer's lawyer Christopher Stevenson said the crown had shifted its allegations from originally claiming they intended to commit serious violent offences to one saying it was a "plan B" if peaceful Tuhoe Treaty of Waitangi negotiations failed.
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3/11/2012 8:12:00 p.m.
Gosh how is anyone meant to really understand you when you yourself intentionally compromised your ability to rationalize logically? http://www.3news.co.nz/Israel-pushing-ahead-with-medical-marijuana/tabid/417/articleID/275286/Default.aspx Mate what remains of any measurable credibility that you may possess is tinkering on the edge. Are you constantly in fantasy land or what Gosh? No mana in that dude! Clean yourself out and try to be the example you've never been! Sociologically speaking and you should know this, dope my friend subdues anxieties until they reappear once the addiction has worn off. You're and idiot full stop! And not worth any rational attention. But then again your Ultra Ego Atrout may want to weigh in? What a hoot! Step up and defend the loser Gosh. Can't wait!
2/11/2012 9:20:38 p.m.
Funny Jonno. Maori have already risen and succeeded in spite of the haters. Next time your in the big smoke, check out my bros in there beamers and tailored suits. Btw Adrian the only enslavement you feel, is sociological.
31/10/2012 9:53:45 p.m.
Carlos more precisely they are political prisoners incarcerated on their own land by a foreign legal system that stole the land from them. Nice of you to show how hateful we NZers are ... good one Carlos you make us so proud ... idiot!
31/10/2012 10:50:57 a.m.
Excellent ! Now increase their sentences, they are scum !
30/10/2012 9:50:24 a.m.
@GEOFF. Thats right Geoff and we have a different law for politicians and Police.,
29/10/2012 10:56:45 p.m.
What a waste of taxpayer money. Pakeha Paranoia fear of a Maori uprising must be strong. (i wonder why that is?)... The judges are scared of him and the rednecks latch on like the dimwits they are and feed off it. When will this country really grow up?
29/10/2012 6:02:29 p.m.
Should have followed the American way of sentencing 25 to life, or the mandatory 5 years sentence in the UK for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
29/10/2012 3:40:45 p.m.
geoff s wrote:
Well I guess that Tame Iti now realises that he lives in NZ under NZ laws
29/10/2012 3:18:03 p.m.
Mary Smith wrote:
I resided in the area of Ruatoki when I felt safe even when I knew that Rautoki is the area close to TeUruwera Forest where Hunting for game is the Social way of life and Food source when it was not unusual to see Tame Iti and the residents of Ruatoki carry around guns.
Weapons is the issue for the NZ Police when my experience is shocked and alarmed of the Raids by NZ Police when our tamariki/mokopuna were victims to the raids by NZ Police when this was not called for of the cruel and ignorent way.
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