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Tuhoe activist Tame Iti says he’s free, despite being in prison.
He and the rest of the ‘Urewera Four’, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey, have had appeals against their convictions and sentences dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
However, Iti says the court decision really only affects his body, not his mind or thinking.
His son Wairere Iti says his father is sending a message to his supporters.
He still thinks like a Tuhoe and behaves like one.
Wairere Iti says those things will be there regardless of whether he’s incarcerated or not.
Tame Iti is not ruling out taking his appeal further up the court system, but his son Wairere says a Supreme Court appeal would take time and would involve considerable expense.
Wairere Iti says they have to weigh up all the options.
Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were jailed for two and a half years in May after being found guilty of firearms offences following the 2007 Urewera raids.[here]