Better justice for people with disabilities.
Tony Ellis to be Harvard Visiting Fellow. Wellington barrister Tony Ellis will join the Harvard Law School Hunan Rights Program community as a Visiting Fellow for the Spring Semester, January to May 2019. Dr Ellis will be researching the arbitrary detention of the intellectually disabled from an international and comparative perspective.
An intellectually disabled man who has been detained for more than 10 years for trespassing and smashing windows is fighting for his release. Tony Ellis, argued for a writ of habeas corpus in the High Court in Wellington today…
Justice Jill Mallon granted Kyung Yup Kim’s bail application, noting while the severity of the consequences he could face in China if he is found guilty of a crime was strong enough to make him a flight risk – New Zealand could not continue to detain him without charge.
Convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith has apologised for his escape. Smith was today found guilty of two charges, after fleeing the country and heading to South America in November 2014 while on temporary release from Springhill Prison in Waikato.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Government has “gone to extreme lengths” to protect the rights of a man it wants to extradite to China.
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