Press Release – Council of Trade Unions
The CTU calls on the Solicitor General to withdraw charges laid following the raids made in the Urewera in October 2007.CTU Calls on the Solicitor General to Withdraw Terrorism Charges
The CTU calls on the Solicitor General to withdraw charges laid following the raids made in the Urewera in October 2007.
Syd Keepa, CTU Māori Vice President, said “the raids were over four years ago now and we have yet to see these defendants come to trial, this shows a lack of evidence to support terrorism charges and the charges should be dropped.”
“The Solicitor General should withdraw charges immediately. These people have already had four years with charges hanging over their head, it’s stressful on them, and for their whānau. It’s unreasonable to have to wait this long to have their day in court, and we’re calling on the Solicitor General to do something about it.” Said Syd Keepa.
A majority of the CTU affiliates council has supported a resolution calling for the charges to be dropped based on the stress and suffering of the defendants and the Ruatoki community, the four year delay in bringing the case to court and the police admission that the most likely outcome, if the defendants are convicted, would be small fines.