16 Feb 2012

Urewera trial adjourned due to sickness

11:48 am on 16 February 2012

The trial of four people charged over alleged para-military camps at Te Urewera National Park will be put on hold because one of the accused, Urs Singer, is ill.

He and Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara and Emily Bailey are on trial at the High Court in Auckland, accused of being part of an organised criminal group and unlawful possession of firearms.

The Crown claims they were planning to create a revolutionary army which would use guerrilla warfare to get self governance for the Tuhoe people.

The court is hearing the evidence of one Crown witness on Tbursday morning.

The trial will then be adjourned until Urs Singer is well enough to appear in court.