Lawyer argues British law inapplicable on Pitcairn Island

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Lawyer argues British law inapplicable on Pitcairn Island
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"Lawyers for seven Pitcairn Islanders facing 96 sex charges have taken their argument back to court today, saying the British have no legal right to try them... [Adrian Cook QC] said that when mutineers burnt the British ship Bounty in 1790 they committed treason and it had always been the defence argument that they had never been British subjects. None of the children of Fletcher Christian's band of mutineers had ever been British because they had been born after the sailors had had liaisons with Tahitian women. 'Each and every one was illegitimate because there were no marriages according to British law and they could not be regarded as British subjects,' Mr Cook told the court. He said that meant no British subjects were living on Pitcairn Island."

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