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Maori Tame Iti

Maori warrior Tame Iti. Photo: Al Jazeera

A Maori activist’s fight for his people after being accused of running a paramilitary training camp in New Zealand.

Al Jazeera, August 4, 2016

In 2007 New Zealand police arrested charismatic Maori leader Tame Iti and others in anti-terrorist raids after a period of surveillance.

In a long trial, Iti and three other people (the “Urewera Four”) were accused of running a terrorist training camp and of being members of a criminal group. The high court found them not guilty of terrorism but they were jailed for firearms offences. The case was the culmination of 170 years of conflict between the New Zealand Crown and the Ngai¬†Tuhoe tribe, who had suffered appalling injustice including the dispossession of their land.

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