28 Dec 2005

Native Hawaiian leader jailed for refusing to disclose location of artefacts

2:07 pm on 28 December 2005

A United States federal judge has found four members of a Hawaiian group in contempt and jailed their leader for refusing to say where they had buried Native Hawaiian artifacts borrowed from a museum.

KITV News reports Edward Halealoha Ayau, executive director of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei, was taken into federal custody today.

Hui Malama was sued for burying and hiding artefacts borrowed from Bishop Museum.

The group has been ordered by Judge David Ezra to reveal the locations of the objects.