Pitcairn Supreme Court Meets for a Second Day
Monday 18th April The Pitcairn Supreme Court has met for the second time this week to hear submissions as to whether English law was properly promulgated on the Island.
Yesterday the court began hearing Prosecution submissions in which they presented what they claim are evidence that English law was indeed properly promulgated here.
They say that it is "extraordinary" that the six men accused could not have known that rape is a serious crime punishable by English law.
The hearings continued today in which the prosecution continued their submissions. They produced a range of documents dating back to almost 150 years ago to the present day between the governors of Pitcairn, British authorities in Fiji and Wellington, the Island Magistrates (now known as the Island Mayor), the Island Mayors, Island police officers and other Government officials in which they say are "clear" proof that it was only ever intended that minor matters be dealt with locally and that all serious matters would be referred to British authorities.
Two Islanders who left the Island a fortnight ago had signed affidavits stating that it is common sense that English law has always applied here and that they have never thought of themselves as being separate from England.
The Court which was linked to the Island by satellite video was attended by approximately 15 Islanders, including the six accused.
The case continues tomorrow.
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