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Dispatches from Day 2 - Operation 8 Depositions Hearing

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One of the things I didn’t explain properly yesterday was why the charges take so long to read. The charges are almost all jointly possessing firearms, between certain dates. On some dates each defendant who is charged on that date is charged with possessing the same half dozen firearms. Each time a charge is read the names of all the people who are being co-charged are listed. So the same list of names is repeated over and over again, in some cases over 100 times (and then again in Te Reo).

The only court business that happened on Tuesday was the reading of 7 more people’s charges. Four of those charges were also read in Te Reo Maori. By the end of the day the names, dates, and legalese had all slipped together into a strange drone, both in English and in Maori. There was some suggestion that the 24 year old Swiss Musician might want his charges read in his language, and people suggested his language was Swedish, Spanish and German (If they were going to be read in his language, it would be Swiss German, but they were just read in English). [More]

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Re: Dispatches from Day 2 - Operation 8 Depositions Hearing

Will there still be reports posted with the blanket media ban?
Or is that a silly question?

Re: Dispatches from Day 2 - Operation 8 Depositions Hearing

I think the silence on state media, as well as the lack of posts here, answers that.

It's a binding injunction, to my knowledge, and since Tim Panckhurst was done by Crown Law, mainstream media are all being very careful of their bosses legal funds!

Re: Dispatches from Day 2 - Operation 8 Depositions Hearing

am trying to find out what happened to Helen Barry ,from bethany house dunedin