'■ CHARGE AGAINST HOLLAND AND HUNTER. ' _ ■ • " WELLINGTON, February 12. At the Supreme Court to-day, Henry . Holland, editor of the "Maoriland . Worker," was charged with having ut-< tercel seditious words in a speech delivered by him at the Basin Reserve on 'the afternoon of Sunday, October 26th. Mr T. M. Wilford, with him Mr P. J. o'Regan, appeared for the accused. Before the Crown opened its case, Mr Wilford asked his Honour to note that he wished to raise two legal objections—(l) That the words set out in the second indictment were not legally capable of being construed as seditious; and (2) that, accused was being charged twice with the same offence, in that he had been acquitted in the lower Court of another charge arising out of the same words that now appeared in the .first indictment! / His Honour pointed out that the lower Court case was now on appeal, and intimated that he would reserve his decision. In opening on behalf of the Crown, Mr Macassey stated tfaat this case was quite different. Holland was one of the strike leaders, and had taken a prominent place in the strike. At; the the -words were uttered, there were serious disturbances, and great hostility was displayed towards- the special constables. The men on strike attempted to control the town, and the special constables were brought down,, not to break the strike, but to maintain law and order, and to allow the work of the port to go on. The second indictment, concluded counsel, contained a specific incitement to use violence and force. j A verdict would be asked for on both counts.
f»; The jury, after a retirement of two hours, returned a verdict of guilty. The points raised by Mr Wilford were reserved for consideration by the Court of. Appeal, Holland being released in the meantime on bail.
In Hunter's case the jury disagreed, and a new -trial was ordered. Hunter was allowed bail.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914
SEDITION CHARGES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914
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