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Iolani Palace takeover figure fined $1,000

Iolani Palace takeover figure fined $1,000

The leader of a Hawaiian sovereignty group who led a brief takeover of the storied Iolani Palace last year has been convicted of simple trespass.
James Akahi had faced the more serious charge of burglary for occupying the palace Aug. 15.
Honolulu Circuit Judge Richard Pollack imposed the maximum sentence of a $1,000 fine after a jury returned the verdict Friday.
Defense attorney David Sereno asked for a $100 fine, arguing the Maui resident didn't intend any harm and has already spent thousands of dollars on travel and legal expenses.
Akahi is the leader of a Native Hawaiian sovereignty group. He claims to be the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Burglary charges against six other people arrested in the case were dismissed.


Updated : 2021-10-17 03:25 GMT+08:00