Dear Kelvin Davis
As Minister of Corrections, The Daily Blog urgently requests that you investigate the violence used on one of our Prisoner Rights Bloggers, Arthur Taylor.
While in the middle of crucial legal cases, Corrections have forced Arthur into a transfer that has ultimately made those legal cases far more difficult for him to prosecute.
This is incredibly questionable as some of these cases relate to Corrections. This is a direct interference in cases they are party to.
This self interested abuse of Arthur’s rights is however secondary to the violence used to make him go unconscious.
Here is his lawyers statement (Richard Francois) after Corrections tried to delay a meeting with Arthur…
“I was able to meet with Arthur at Waikeria at about 11:45 a.m.
He appeared ok, but described an ordeal, which, on the facts presented to me amounted to disproportionately severe treatment (torture) under s 9 of the NZBORA.
He showed me bruises and abrasions, which I observed were clearly from handcuff restraints around the wrist, and manhandling under the shoulder area and around the upper arms.
I will support unreservedly the breaches of all the rights and freedoms under the NZBORA and every mandatory violation of the Corrections Act and its Regs alleged by Arthur in the documents below.
When the State wilfully places an incarcerated prisoner in a situation that unnecessarily endangers his life without any justification at all, it loses its authority govern. To say it’s “routine”, in the New Zealand Herald is a lie.
Although we anticipated it, the Executive of Corrections has chosen to violate the last refuge of mutual trust between us. Yes, it lulled a vulnerable prisoner into a false sense of security that he wouldn’t be unlawfully transferred to a prison where he couldn’t pursue his Supreme Court claims and those in the Court of Appeal as well the High Court. These are senior court cases, and you can’t get around the Supreme Court. “
…the CCTV footage will have captured everything the Corrections Goon Squad did while forcibly transferring Arthur.
We urgently ask you to ensure that footage is not tampered with or goes missing and that an investigation is undertaken immediately in this violence.
The Daily Blog