20 Sep 2004

NZ lawyer protests against ban on releasing documents related to Pitcairn cases

6:50 am on 20 September 2004

A lawyer in New Zealand says he has been stopped from releasing documents which would have an impact on the Crown's Pitcairn Island sex abuse case.

The trial of seven Pitcairn Islanders on a raft of sexual assault counts is due to start at the end of this month.

Lawyer, Christopher Harder, says he is representing another Pitcairn Islander who is appealing a previous charge, and he says the documents are also important for his client's case.

He says he tried to make an appointment with the Pitcairn Governor, but instead an injunction was laid, stopping him from revealing what is in the documents or from taking them out of New Zealand.