Hi Guys with reference to SA in NZ.
I thought this may shed some light on the last two messages asked for by Lloydy (see you Tuesday) :p
Sexual abuse charges to be laid against 20 Pitcairners
PM - Wednesday, July 17, 2002 18:14
COMPERE: Serious trouble is brewing on tiny Pitcairn Island, the place made famous by the Bounty mutineer, Fletcher Christian, who established a colony there in 1790.
After a three year investigation, police are set to lay sexual abuse charges against approximately 20 Pitcairn Islanders, nearly half the community's population.
Pitcairn Island is about halfway between New Zealand and South America, and as New Zealand Correspondent Gillian Bradford reports, there have been long delays in charging the men, because no one can decide where the case should be tried.
GILLIAN BRADFORD: Pitcairn Island is one of the last outposts of the British Empire. Itís so remote, islanders rely on the New Zealand airport to drop off the mail and other supplies. Daily contact with the outside world comes down to ham radio.
Time has to a degree stood still for the 44 islanders, all descendants of Fletcher Christian and the crew of the Bounty, who mutinied and set their Captain, William Bligh, adrift in the Pacific.
The British Government has been content to leave the island well enough alone for the past 200 years and attempts to establish tourism have largely failed.
But in the last few years a sinister tale has emerged from the tiny island. First came an allegation from a woman that sheíd been raped. Police from England and New Zealand took the complaint seriously and hitched a ride on a container ship from Auckland to make the five day trip to interview her. What they discovered couldnít have been more disturbing. Allegations of sexual abuse were also made by a number of women and girls, against 20 men on the island.
The crown solicitor of Auckland, Simon Moore, whoís also the crown solicitor for Pitcairn Island, had this to say about the case in July last year.
SIMON MOORE: Itís the most unusual thing Iíve ever been involved in.
GILLIAN BRADFORD: But 12 months on, and still no charges have been laid against the men. The British High Commission in New Zealand has confirmed the prosecutor has decided to lay charges, but admits itís the British holding up the process.
The reason, Britain doesnít want to compromise its sovereignty over Pitcairn Island.
For months the British have been deciding where to hold the trial so the case can still be heard under English law. Holding the trial in Pitcairn while legally possible would obviously present huge logistical difficulties. New Zealand, which seems like the logical option, is also not suitable because it would have to change its laws to enable a foreign state to conduct a trial on kiwi soil.
So until the British decide where theyíre going to charge these men, the public prosecutor has his hands tied and the women on Pitcairn continue to live with uncertainty.
A spokesman for the British High Commission in Wellington canít say if his government is close to making a decision, but he did confirm officials from the British Foreign Office are in Auckland working on plans to stage a trial.
It rang some bells with me so I thought I'd follow it up after seeing the question asked.
And all that was left was hope