October 29, 2012
Court of Appeal denies Tame’s freedom
Any hopes of an early resolution of the Tūhoe terror saga have been dashed with the Court of Appeal turning down appeals by Tame Iti and his comrades.
The Tūhoe activist had appealed against conviction and sentence to 30 months jail for weapons offences relating to what the crown said were military-style training camps near Ruatoki in 2007.
The court rejected a claim that the pre-trial publicity gave rise to the risk of an unfair trial.
It also said the trial judge was correct to tell the jury that the defendants had to show that it was likely they had a lawful purpose for possessing the firearms.
Iti’s family says he will consider an appeal to the Supreme Court.
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