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Submission + - Indefinite Imprisonment for website content (publicwatchdogs.org.nz)

Suriken writes: "In an unprecedented move, the New Zealand Solicitor General is seeking an indefinite prison sentence against American businessman Vince Siemer for alleged breach of an interim gag order now more than three years old. Siemer was jailed for six weeks last year for refusing to take down a website accusing chairman of Vector Energy, Michael Stiassny, of suspect business practices.
Because he still refuses to take down the website, NZ Solicitor-General David Collins QC wants to lock up Siemer indefinitely, merely for asserting his own free speech
"David Collins says the contempt committed by Vince Siemer is the most serious he has ever encountered and he has no choice but to seek such a severe penalty." (TVNZ)
"Siemer's defence claims the Solicitor General's action is barred by double jeopardy. He also maintains he had long ago proven in Court that the injunction was incorrect in fact and law but that the judge simply ignored the law and evidence. He says the gag order violates his freedom of expression guarantees in these circumstances.""

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