From today’s Herald on Sunday
Maori activist Tame Iti made an impromptu visit to Iran earlier this year – but supporters say it was a legitimate business trip.
The Tuhoe sovereignty campaigner – one of 17 people arrested during last month’s nationwide police raids – has been accused of running camps in the Urewera which led to the so-called terror raids.
He is facing 11 counts of unlawful possession of firearms, including Molotov cocktails, a .22 Ruger, another .22 rifle and a military-style Saiga 7.62 rifle. Iti has denied suggestions he is a terrorist, or that any terrorist acts were planned. A source close to Iti confirmed the 55-year-old activist had visited Iran earlier this year in a bid to broker a commercial fishing deal with an Iranian businessman.
However, the deal went sour and Iti returned home.
New Zeal a commentor on this post claims that the Iran trip did not happen.
Unfortunately this story is wrong as is essentially the main problem with believing everything that is overhead in bugged conversations. Iti did intend to stop over in Iran to secure a fish deal on his return from performing Tempest in Austria, but the fish deal went south before he left so the trip never eventuated.