INDEPENDENT NEWS

Helen Clark - abuse of the rights of accused

Published: Wed 31 Oct 2007 09:37 AM
GLOBALPEACE AUCKLAND
Private Bag 68905, Newton,Auckland. www.gpja.org.nz
31 October 2007
Media Release:
Helen Clark - arrogant abuse of the rights of accused
Prime Minister Helen Clark is guilty of arrogant abuse of the rights of those arrested a fortnight ago in para-military police raids.
On Monday Helen Clark said those arrested were -
"...people who at the very least have illicitly used firearms, constructed Molotov cocktails and trained themselves how to use napalm ..."
Yesterday Clark compounded this abuse of New Zealanders rights by saying. "I wouldn't have said it if I'd thought it was inappropriate".
We are used to statements such as these from brutal dictators across the globe where the verdict has been decided before what passes for a trial is held. We shouldn't expect it in New Zealand.
Clark has already decided these people are guilty as charged by the police and has used her Prime Ministerial position to direct the thinking of the public to the same end.
In polite language this is "prejudicial to these people getting a fair trial". More accurately it is an arrogant cavalier abuse of these kiwi's rights under New Zealand law.
This is the same person who wants the right to be judge and jury in deciding who will be designated a terrorist or terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill 2007 currently before parliament. She has shown herself to be irresponsible and unfit to hold and exercise this power. Instead, the current recourse to the courts for those designated as terrorists and terrorist organisations must be retained.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

On The Coronavirus Outbreak
By: Gordon Campbell
More people getting into work
By: New Zealand Government
Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
By: New Zealand Government
Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
By: New Zealand Government
Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
By: New Zealand Government
New resource for schools on climate change
By: New Zealand Government
Health staff to meet China flights as precautionary measure
By: New Zealand Government
Government needs to brings Kiwis home
By: New Zealand National Party
What the Govt should be doing with coronavirus
By: New Zealand National Party
Government needs to front up on coronavirus
By: New Zealand National Party
Clark must explain why flights from China continue to arrive
By: ACT New Zealand
Protect Our People From 2019-nCoV
By: New Conservative
E tū aviation team monitoring Coronavirus situation
By: E tu
Wuhan Virus: New Zealanders left high and dry
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Coronavirus outbreak: WHO's decision explained
By: The Conversation
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media