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New Zealand: Environmental Activists Cannot Be Charged Under Anti-Terrorism Laws

(Nov. 2, 2007) In a public statement made on November 8, 2007, New Zealand's solicitor-general Dr. David Collins QC declined to authorize charging recently arrested environmental activists under the Terrorism Suppression Act, on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to meet the high standard required by the legislation that the group was planning on committing a terrorist act. (Press Release, Solicitor-General, Decision of the Solicitor-General in Relation to the Prosecution of People Under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 (Operation 8) (Nov. 8, 2007), available at