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The Cost of the Case

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"Finally the crown has begun to think about the cost of this case," said Ana Cocker, a spokesperson for the October 15th Solidarity group, "But only in monetary terms."

This afternoon, after the lunch break and before the judge was back in court, crown prosecutor Ross Burns was over heard to speak about the cost of bringing witnesses to court.

He was asking whether all the witnesses that the crown were calling really needed to attend court, and could some of them be read by consent.

"Supporters present in court were quick to express their disbelief that the crown had any understanding of the cost of the case,” Ms Cocker said. “They also saw it as a cynical attempt by the crown to limit the possibility of the defence to question witnesses. ”

The cost of the case is well into the millions. The surveillance up to October 15th 2007 is supposed to have cost at least $8million, the photocopying bill just for the pre-trial in the district court in 2008 cost around $250,000. Some people have heard that the current cost is up around $40million, and that's only counting dollars. 

"What is uncountable," said Ms Cocker, "is the damage and harm the crown has done to Tuhoe. What happened in 2007 and what is happening now is just a continuation of what the state has been doing to Tuhoe since the 1800s."

"It is a continuation of the same behaviour that resulted in the fatal police raid in 1916."

“The cost of Operation 8 in true terms is uncountable. It is time to end the sham once and for all and to drop the charges."

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