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Pitcairn trials delayed; women defend suspects

[JURIST] The trials of seven Pitcairn Island men on sex-abuse charges, which were scheduled to begin Monday, have been delayed, and are now scheduled to begin Wednesday. Several women in the Pacific island community have come forward in defense of the suspects, saying that under-age sex was not unusual on the island and that none of them had ever been raped. They also suggested that some witnesses, scheduled to testify via video-link from New Zealand, may have been coerced into doing so.

The trials, which are being conducted under British law, are expected to continue for about six weeks. Pitcairn Today has more on the island. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the trials. The Australian has more.

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