Urewera 16 in court – 2 more bailed

All 16 people arrested and charged with arms charges on Monday October 15th in nationwide raids appeared in the Auckland District Court on November 1st and 2nd. A 17th person arrested during the raids was charged with cannabis related charges and will appear seperately. During the hearings, a number of the prisoners had name supression dropped (some willingly, some not) and two more were bailed on top of those who were already out. Loud cheers greeted those bailed and others, and many cries of “we love you” echoed through the court over the two days.

On Thursday November 1st, a few new pieces of information were revealed and confirmed. Firstly, that there will be two trials – one for the arms charges, and one for the charges under the Terrorism Supression Act (if consent to lay them is granted by the Solicitor General). Also, the details of which prisoners have had their files referred to the Solicitor General by the Police was confirmed (12 of the 16). It was inferred by the counsel for the crown that there could be a decision by the Solicitor General by the end of next week.

Cases heard on November 1st

A 38 year old Auckland man has interim name supression, and is remanded in custody until December 3rd. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Marama Mayrick, 24, of Hamilton, had her bail extended to December 3rd, although her attendance is excused on that date as long as she is represented by counsel. The Police have not applied to charge her under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Jamie Lockett, 46, of Auckland, is remanded in custody until November 12th, when he will apply for electronic bail (aka home detention). The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Tame Iti, 55, of Ruatoki, is remanded in custody til December 3rd, although he will have a bail appeal in the Rotorua High Court on November 7th. If bail is granted, his attendance on December 3rd will be excused as long as he is represented by counsel. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Ira Bailey, 28, of Wellington, was granted bail (not opposed by the crown) to a Wellington address until December 3rd. his attendance on December 3rd will be excused as long as he is represented by counsel. His bail conditions include not to go to Ruatoki, a 10pm – 6am curfew and not to obtain any firearms. The Police have not applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

A male from Ruatoki was granted bail to Ruatoki (not opposed by the crown) to reappear on December 3rd. His attendance on December 3rd will be excused as long as he is represented by counsel. His conditions include reporting to the Whakatane Police Station every Friday and a 10pm – 6am curfew. The Police have not applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

A male from Ruatoki was remanded in custody until December 3rd. He will have a bail appeal in the Rotorua High Court at an as-yet undecided date before then however. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

A 23 year old male from Wellington was remanded in custody until December 3rd. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Moana Winitana, 53, of Palmerston North, had his bail extended til December 3rd. His attendance on December 3rd will be excused as long as he is represented by counsel. The Police have not applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

A 59 year old male from Auckland is remanded in custody until December 3rd. He may have a bail application on that date. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

A 32 year old Auckland woman had her bail extended til December 3rd. The bail conditions were also changed, with a lessening of the curfew amongst other changes (against the crown’s wishes). The Police have applied to charge her under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Cases heard on November 2nd

Rongomai Bailey, 28, of Auckland, had his bail extended through til December 3. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Omar Hamed, 19, of Auckland (an an Aotearoa Indymedia activist), had a bail application which took up most of the day. It was denied by the Court for reasons which are supressed. He also applied for a fresh order of name supression, which was also denied. He is remanded in custody until December 3. The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Rawiri Iti, 29, of Hamilton, made a fresh application for bail due to a change in circumstances since his initial application was denied. The Judge ruled that there had been no change in circumstances, and so no application for bail was heard. He is remanded in custody til November 23rd, when he will apply for electronic bail (home detention). The Police have applied to charge him under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Emily Bailey, 30, of Wellington, did not make a bail application and is remanded in custody until December 3. The Police have applied to charge her under the Terrorism Supression Act.

Valerie Morse, 36, of Wellington, did not make a bail application and is remanded in custody until December 3. The Police have applied to charge her under the Terrorism Supression Act. Rebel Press, who published Morse’s recent book Against Freedom (on the “War On Terror” in Aotearoa / New Zealand), have put out a press release in support of her.

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