PITCAIRN DEFENDANTS APPEAL RAPE CONVICTIONS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 10) – Six men who were found guilty of sexually abusing women and girls on Pitcairn Island are due to challenge their convictions in London.

The men have taken their case to the Privy Council, arguing their convictions under British law are invalid because British law has never been ratified on the island.

In 2004 the men were found guilty of rape, indecent assault and incest over a 30-year period.

The charges were upheld in the Pitcairn Supreme Court sitting in New Zealand last year.

The men are free on bail pending the outcome of the Privy Council hearing, which is expected to last eight days

July 11, 2006

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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