[JURIST] Two of six men convicted in October 2004 [JURIST report] for committing sex offenses on the small Pacific island of Pitcairn appeared in court Tuesday to appeal their sentences at the Pitcairn Court of Appeal [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Auckland, New Zealand. Lawyers for the two men say they were unaware that they committed a crime because they did not know that British law applied to the residents of Pitcairn Island [government website], which was originally settled by eighteenth-century mutineers from the HMS Bounty. Thirteen men were originally charged in 2004 for committing a wide range of sexual assaults against women and girls over a 30-year period. The appeal hearing is expected to last two weeks. AFP has more.
Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Pitcairn men lose Supreme Court appeal
- Pitcairn men appeal sex-with-minors convictions
- Pitcairn Island appoints first woman mayor after sex trials
- Six sentenced in Pitcairn sex trial
- Pitcairn men allowed to challenge UK sovereignty
- Pitcairn mayor pleads not guilty to rape
- Pitcairn trials delayed; women defend suspects