Tas police take legal action to recover costs from forest protester: ‘unprecedented’ move, say lawyers
Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007
In a move lawyers called unusual and unprecedented, Tasmania Police was taking legal action to recover costs from a forest protester, reported The Mercury (5/9/2007, p.1).
Fining dissent: “Weld Angel” Allana Beltran was convicted of offences relating to her protest at the Tahune AirWalk on March 29 and now faced a bill of $10,000 in costs. She pleaded guilty to committing a nuisance and failing to obey a police officer’s direction when she dressed as an angel and sat on a tripod. She said she received a one-year good behaviour bond – but police have now lodged an application for her to compensate the $2,870 worth of lost time its officers spent at the protest. They have also filed a claim for nearly $6,200 in lost revenue on behalf of Forestry Tasmania. Beltran’s lawyer Roland Browne said the costs move was unprecedented.
The Mercury, 5/9/2007, p. 1