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MP urges young Maori to refuse to give DNA samples

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Hone Harawira
Hone Harawira

Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is urging young Maori to "just say no" when police ask them for a voluntary DNA sample.

"I've heard of a few cases where young Maori have been conned by police into giving DNA samples even when they haven't committed a crime," he said tonight.

"One young Maori told me the police wanted the sample because one of their relatives `might be known' to the police."

Mr Harawira said it was completely outside the guidelines.

"I am warning police to either drop these Nazi-style tactics immediately or I will be advising these kids to get top lawyers to sue."

Mr Harawira, his party's police spokesman, said he wanted an assurance police were going to be "pulled into line".

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