23 Apr 2013

Supreme Court won't hear Urewera Four appeal

10:30 pm on 23 April 2013

The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by four people convicted over police raids in Te Urewera National Park to have their convictions and sentences overturned.

Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara had appealed against their two-and-a-half-year jail sentences and firearms convictions for their role in military-style camps in the North Island park in 2007.

Urs Signer and Emily Bailey appealed against their home detention sentences.

The Supreme Court says none of the matters raised by their lawyers are of general or public importance and there would not be a substantial miscarriage of justice if it does not hear the appeals.

It follows a similar ruling by the Court of Appeal in 2012.

Signer and Bailey will now have to serve out the remainder of their home detention sentences, while Iti and Kemara are on parole.

Iti's lawyer Russell Fairbrother says his client is disapointed at the ruling, but accepts it.