Three peace protestors who damaged the Waihopai spy base in Marlborough now face $1.2 million damages claim, after the Court of Appeal found against them.
In 2008, Father Murnane, farmer Samuel Land and teacher Adrian Leason entered Waihopai and punctured an inflatable dome covering a large antennae.
They believed the operation of the base was contributing to the second Iraq war, and their protest was aimed at exposing it.
The Attorney-General filed trespass charges and sought the cost of repairs to the facility, put at $1.2 million, winning its case in the High Court.
The Appeal Court today dismissed the appeal by the protestors, and made orders for costs against them.
Dominican friar Father Murnane, who is in his early 70s, has not had a bank account for half a century.
In May he said anyone demanding compensation from him would have to grab him by the ankles and shake him to find any money.
He had returned from the Solomon Islands, where he teaches novices, for the appeal hearing.
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