Media Release: National Distribution Union
Tuesday September 6, 2011.
Urewera charges should never have been laid
The National Distribution Union is welcoming the partial dropping of charges against those arrested in the 2007 raids in Ruatoki and other areas.
“Common sense has finally prevailed,” said Robert Reid, NDU General Secretary.
“There was never anything in this case, and the Crown is lucky it has an excuse for getting out of the farce that the Police created for them.”
The National Distribution Union has members, former members and friends among the defendants, Robert Reid said.
“The raids, the police terrorising of Tuhoe, the detention of many of the defendants for up to a month, the subsequent decision of the Solicitor General that no offence was committed under the Terrorism Suppression Act and the four year legal process illustrate the sorry farce that this was from day one,” he said.
Robert Reid called for the charges against the four remaining defendants to be dropped also.