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Pardons Better If Given in a Person's Lifetime

Published: Fri 10 Nov 2006 02:40 PM
Pardons are much better if they are given in a person's lifetime
The British Government confirmed on 8 November 2006 that they had pardoned three New Zealanders who were executed for mutiny and desertion during the 1914-18 war. The British move follows New Zealand legislation in 2000 which pardoned the three New Zealanders.
"PeterEllis.org applauds the pardons given the men" spokesperson Richard Christie says. "However all politicians should be reminded that pardons are far more meaningful if they are given within a person's lifetime, coupled with ample compensation.
Why is it so difficult for politicians to look at the evidence and see the mistakes made that led to the unfortunate conviction of Peter Ellis? He has already won a "people's pardon", but that is no substitute for official legal recognition of the injustice he endures.
Action, and political advocacy is urgently required. A pardon is possible today. A royal commission of inquiry into the Christchurch Civic creche case and all sex abuse allegations remains a necessity. A Criminal Cases Review Commission as advocated by Justice Thorp needs to be formed urgently
peterellis.org.nz; "Seeking justice for Peter Ellis and other victims, both past and present, of the New Zealand sex abuse moral panic"
ENDS

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