Harawira comments on alleged Key assault

Hallelujah, at least one of the Maori leadership has found his balls back.

Maori MP Hone Harawira is being accused of defending an alleged assault against Prime Minister John Key.

In a newspaper column Mr Harawira said he went to Kaitaia Courthouse to support nephews John Junior Popata, 33, and Wikatana Popata, 19.

The pair pleaded not guilty to the alleged assault on Waitangi Day.

Mr Harawira said the men were not angels “but then who is?”.

The pair were involved in their marae and Maori community and were passionate, he said.

“Sure, sometimes that passion spills over, and sometimes that leads to actions that society might frown upon, but with my record, who am I to criticise?”

Mr Harawira said he did not regret past actions that got him into trouble and was proud of his involvement in the foreshore and seabed hikoi (march), “and I note that that was conducted largely outside the law as well”.

He concludes his column saying that while he did not know what the court would decide, he hoped common sense would prevail.

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