Aotearoa/NZ: Rangi Kemara free on 4 March

18 January, Indymedia: Parole was granted today for Rangi Kemara who has been serving 2.5 years for convictions on firearms charges.

The Parole Board said it was satisfied Kemara no longer posed a risk to the community.

The full decision and the board’s conditions have not yet been released. He will be released on March 4.

‘We are thrilled that Rangi will be free and our solidarity and love goes out to him and his whanau.’ – October 15th Solidarity

The appeal to the Supreme Court has not yet been granted leave, but a decision is expected within the next couple of weeks. Following that, lawyers will make formal submissions prior to a hearing in Wellington.

(His co-defendent, Taame Iti was a few days ago granted parole to take effect on 27 February)

Aotearoa/NZ: Taame Iti granted bail

Indymedia: Taame Iti has been granted parole to take effect on 27 February. Co-defendant Rangi Kemera is set to have his parole hearing next week.

Taame has been in prison since 24 May last year when he was convicted and sentenced to 2.5 years for possession of firearms. Taame has been doing time in Waikeria prison in Te Awamutu—one of the country’s oldest prisons and described to Indymedia as a ‘shithole.’ He has been using his time to create a new series of paintings which he plans to exhibit upon release. Taame has also been working with other prisoners, doing the mental health work he was contracted by corrections to do before he was sent inside.

Taame will have some conditions imposed as part of his release. Travel restrictions may be in place for some time following his release.

Rangi Kemara’s parole hearing is on 18 February. The only reasonable and just outcome of that hearing is the same as Taame’s: freedom.

Aotearoa/NZ: Urewera Four sentenced

May 24: Taame Iti and Rangi Kemara were sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Urs Signer and Emily Bailey had their sentences adjourned but will be sentenced to nine months home detention.

The four were found guilty in May on a number of firearms charges but the jury was hung on the more serious charge of ‘participation in an organised criminal group’. They were the only people brought to trial after 20 were arrested in 2007, when over 300 police carried out dawn raids on dozens of houses across the country.

The sentencing judge said one of those involved held extreme anarchist views and there was talk among the participants of killing, using explosives to kill, and attempts to “smash the state”.

Around 100 people gathered outside Mt Eden Prison in Auckland the evening after sentences were handed down. A demonstration is planned outside of Wellington High Court this Friday (25 May) at noon. Another protest will take place at Mt Eden Prison on Saturday 26th May at 2pm, and in front of the Christchurch Central Police station this Saturday (26th May) at 4pm. Continue reading “Aotearoa/NZ: Urewera Four sentenced”