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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
The Pitcairn Supreme Court has ruled that the trials of 13 men facing a raft of charges including rape and sexual assault can be held in New Zealand. The court, sitting in Papakura in Auckland, has been hearing preliminary matters into the case, which involve allegations of sexual abuse on remote Pitcairn Island.
The Pitcairn public defender, Paul Dacre, has questioned British sovereignty over the island and sought to have the entire Pitcairn legal system struck out, but Chief Justice Blackie told the …