Second lockdown legal case against New Zealand's Prime Minister fails



Wellington (dpa) - A New Zealand judge has dismissed a second man’s claims that the country’s coronavirus lockdown is keeping him unlawfully detained.

In a judgement released on Friday, Justice Mary Peters said the case was "virtually identical" to a case in which she handed down a ruling on Thursday.



Both cases were held at a virtual hearing on April 17 and two men, who are known to each other, asked for a writ of habeas corpus.
The writ of habeas corpus seeks to rule an imprisonment unlawful and release the applicants.
Both men sued Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield and Civil Defence controller Sarah Stewart-Black over the lockdown.
Like in the first case, Justice Peters ruled that the second man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and what she termed his "fellow bubble members" were also not subject to detention and dismissed the case.
"If I am wrong, and B is detained, the detention is lawful," Peters ruled.

 


Friday, April 24th 2020
(dpa)
           


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