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POLICE ARREST, CHARGE AUCKLAND MAN FOR WEARING ENGLISH FLAG
FREE SPEECH IS AT STAKE – WILL YOU HELP HIM OUT
- Just 22 days after the Christchurch Shooting, Jon Rua awaited the bus on West Coast Road, Henderson. It was Thursday morning, 4th April. Over his shoulders Jon wore the red and white flag of England, the St George Cross. His shirt also displayed the Crusader Cross.
- Jon is a fan of the Crusaders footie team, a Kiwi patriot and a member of the Order of the Crusaders’ Cross of Jerusalem.
- There were no pedestrians. Some cars tooted in recognition. However, one car drove by and returned. The driver questioned Jon about his flag display.
- Patriot Jon expressed anguish to the driver that the Crusaders may change their name.
- The questioner drove off, Jon boarded the bus.
- Suddenly the bus stopped, two police officers entered. They grabbed Jon and escorted him off the bus, with no explanation.
- The Policewoman questioned Jon’s beliefs. He recorded their exchange on his phone.
- The Policeman stood nearby consulting with that car driver/informant.
The Arrest and Aftermath:
- After 16 minutes discussion the Policewoman arrested Jon. He was searched, driven to the Henderson Police Prosecution Service and locked in a cell.
- Four hours later a Policeman questioned Jon about the keys to his gun-safe. Four Police went to Jon’s home on a weapons search, they confiscated his .177 slug gun.
- Jon’s partner Maxine was at home recovering from a stroke. An officer informed Maxine that Jon was mentally unwell. He asked if Jon had been violent and hit her.
- Maxine declared Jon was mentally sound and was never violent.
- Back at the cells Jon was fingerprinted, photographed, his DNA was taken. Police then drove him to the Waitakere District Court to accuse him before a Judge.
- The duty solicitor pleaded Jon’s case. The Judge gave bail with strict instructions for Jon to reside at his address and not to engage in any “hate speech” or “violence”.
- The Police returned four times to Jon’s home, on the 5th, 8th, 9th, and 10th of June, to check his compliance with bail instructions.
On the 20th May Jon Rua attended the Waitakere Courthouse and was duly charged. SEE BELOW. He pleaded not guilty. The Judge set the trial for October.
FROM THE POLICE CHARGING DOCUMENT:
Regarding Jon David Rua. Male, D.O.B. 24.09.60 ; Occupation Bus Driver
Offence Details; I (name removed) of New Zealand Police, Henderson, have good cause to suspect that Jon David Rua has committed the offence specified asunder;
That on the 4th day of April 2019 at Glen Eden he;
“IN A PUBLIC PLACE, NAMELY WEST COAST ROAD BEHAVED IN A OFFENSIVE MANNER THAT WAS LIKELY TO CAUSE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS TO START”. (Police Capitalization)
Charged under the Summary Offences Act 1981 Section 3
Maximum penalty 3 months imprisonment or $2000 fine.
- Jon Rua: 59 years,an ex bus driver, married, no criminal record, on a sickness benefit.
- Jon was raised as a Christian, has well-informed opinions on Christianity, the Crusades and Islam. He once travelled to Jerusalem and knows the Muslim world.
- The car driver who stopped, tangled with Jon then called the police, is an ex policeman (1997-2005), now a Private Investigator and Coach of the National Rugby Team of Pakistan. This strange person is named as “the VICTIM” by the Police in their Summary of the Facts.
Jon Rua’s case is a Free Speech issue. The Police rejected Jon’s Rights.
Is this an Attack on Christianity?
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Let’s push on the Police – they should protect the innocent and stop bothering Crusader supporters!
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