November 05, 2013
Tuhoe raid report delay angers Flavell
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is asking why the Human Rights Commission still hasn’t released its report on the 2007 Tuhoe raids.
The commission is investigating how police affected the human rights of people caught up in the operation to arrest people who had attended training camps in the Ruatoki Valley run by Tuhoe activist Tame Iti.
It discussed a draft with whanau three years ago, but held back the full report until the trials and appeals had finished.
Mr Flavell says he expected the report to come out soon after the Independent Police Conduct Authority report in May.
He says the IPCA’s findings that police actions were unlawful, unwarranted and unreasonable would indicate that the human rights of those detained, searched and arrested were a live issue.
The passage of time means the deadline for suing the police has now passed.
Only one set of claims has been filed, from members of a south Auckland family including a teenage girl who says police forced her to kneel at gunpoint with her hands behind her head for almost an hour.
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