14 Oct 2002

New Zealand parliament sees Pitcairn sex crime bill

6:00 pm on 14 October 2002

Legislation has been tabled in the New Zealand parliament today to allow men from the remote Pitcairn Island to be tried on sex charges in a New Zealand Court.

The Pitcairn Trials Bill paves the way for the prosecution of men in the British territory for alleged under aged sex and also allows other trials to be conducted in New Zealand on a case by case basis.

Pitcairn is a British dependent territory with a population of 44, and was first settled in the 18th century by the Bounty mutineers.

It's administered by British diplomats in New Zealand.

The bill will be debated in parliament this week and will then go to a select committee .