The Waihopai spy base attack
I haven't blogged about the three men that deflated a dome at the Waihopai spy base until now, partly because I happen to know one of the three pretty well, as well as some of their public supporters.
But I'm pleased they`re bailed. They`ll be back in court on June 9. They should never have been behind bars in the first place as bail is a human right. According to s24 of the Bill of Rights everyone charged with an offence must be "released on reasonable terms and conditions unless there is just cause for continued detention". The only reasons for continuing to detain someone are a risk of non-appearance, a risk that they will offend further while on bail, or a risk that they will interfere with witnesses.
Given that none of these factors were apparent, and these men are currently legally innocent, why were they in jail for five days? Bail is a right - it's parole that is a privilege.
Labels: bail laws