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Urewera Trial: No Verdict on 'Criminal Group' Charge

Urewera Trial: No Verdict on 'Criminal Group' Charge

The jury in the Urewera trial has returned.

The jury has been unable to reach a verdict on the first charge of participation in an organised criminal group.

All defendants have been found guilty on some of the remaining charges, which include firearms offences.

The 'participation' charge was part of the reason video evidence that was found to be gathered illegally was admissable in the case of the four defendants but not of others, against whom the charges were dropped. Annemarie Thorby, reporting on the trial for Scoop, discussed the nature of the charge here.

SCOOP Court coverage - The Verdicts In

JUDGE – 'The jury is about to deliver verdicts. I want to address the members of the public present in court. I appreciate for many of you this has been a very stressful time and that the delivery of verdicts will be an emotional experience... More >>

Summary from October 15 Solidarity:

in the High Court at Auckland today the jury found the four - Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey - were guilty of some of the 10 firearms charges each faced.

Each defendant, except Urs Signer, was found guilty on five charges of unlawful possession of firearms, and one charge of unlawful possession of a restricted weapon - molotov cocktails.

Signer was found guilty on four charges of unlawful possession of firearms, and one charge of unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.

Each was found not guilty of of four charges each, except for Signer, who was found not guilty on five charges.

The Crown has opposed bail for the four.

Radio NZ audio:

October 15 Solidarity: Urewera charges don’t stack up

‘We consider the inability of the jury to make a decision on Count 1 in the Urewera case a victory. The inability of the jury to make a decision on Count 1 in the Urewera case is evidence that the crown’s story doesn’t stack up. We have always said ... More >>

Police acknowledge Urewera trial outcome

Police acknowledge the outcome of the trial against the men and woman charged with participating in an organised criminal group and of unlawful possession of firearms. More >>

Green Party comment on Urewera verdict

There should be a full and independent inquiry into all aspects of the so called Urewera case once sentencing is completed, Green Party Police spokesperson David Clendon said today. The "Urewera Four'' ... More >>

The Collateral Damage - Maori Party

Te Ururoa Flavell MP for Waiariki Tuesday March 20, 2012 Urewera Four: The Collateral Damage - Flavell Maori Party MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell, says his first thoughts following the verdict on the 'Urewera Four ' have been for the four people who have ... More>>

Hone Harawira - Justice Denied

Four years ago armed offenders stormed the homes of innocent families, broke down doors, smashed windows, overturned furniture, forced ... More>>

Earlier trial coverage by Annemarie Thorby
Day 24 - More questions from Jury
Day 23 - Jury Has Some Questions
Urewera 4 Day 20: We can't have freedom without agitation
Day 22: A Long Weekend
The Judge's Summing-Up
On 'Participation in an Organised Criminal Group'
Day 20 - There was No Plan
Day 19 - Subliminal Undercurrents
Urewera 4 - Day 19: Incomplete Pictures
The Crown's Closing Argument
Day 18 - Peaceful People
Day 17 March 8 (part two)
Day 17 - Waiting for a Bit of Land
Day 16 - The Defence Begins
Day 15 - Tame Iti's Long History
Urewera 4 Trial – Day 14 'Checking Things Thoroughly'
Operation 8 Trial Day 9 – Friday, End of Week Two
Urewera Four Trial: Day 7 - Civilian Witnesses Appear
Urewera Four Trial - Day 6: 20th February
Day 5: End of the 1st Week
Days Three and Four of the Operation 8 Trial
The Crown Case Kicks Off Against the Urewera 4

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