Has jailing Tame Iti halted potential terrorist attacks?


Has the jailing of two of the Urewera four lessened the chance of a homegrown terrorist attack in New Zealand?

Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara have been sentenced to two and a half years after they were found guilty of six charges of unlawful use of a firearm. Urs Signer and Emily Bailey have had sentencing adjourned while the suitability of home detention is assessed.

Police commissioner Peter Marshall has apologised to any innocent people affected by the raids that led to the arrests in 2007, but he stopped short of apologising to those arrested.

"They were serious matters, people involved with discharging hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Molotov cocktails, they were involved with making threats against New Zealanders, threatening to kill New Zealanders, they were talking about explosive devices. Absolutely no apologies."

"I think the people of New Zealand should be thankful the police stepped in and sorted out the rot that was occurring in the Ureweras at that time," the commissioner told TV One.

Is New Zealand a safer place for these sentences?

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