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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 10, March 9, 2008, Article 19

NEW ZEALAND MEDAL THEFT SUSPECTS IN COURT

[Police in New Zealand have identified suspects in the
infamous theft of rare Victoria Cross and other medals
from a military museum.  -Editor]

Two of the men believed to be key suspects in the Waiouru
war medals theft have appeared in court on unrelated fraud
and burglary charges.

Mary Kennedy, the lawyer for one of the accused, has been
replaced with Jesse Soondram who is acting on instructions
from Chris Comeskey, the lawyer who negotiated the return
of the stolen war medals and the $300,000 reward.

The two accused will be back in court in April.

The medals, worth several million dollars, were taken
from the Waiouru Army Museum in a daring smash and grab
raid early on Sunday, December 2.

Among the haul the thieves took nine Victoria Crosses -
including Charles Upham's Victoria Cross and bar for
extraordinary bravery in combat in World War II - two
George Cross medals and one Albert medal.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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