An appeal by six men found guilty of sexually abusing young girls on a remote UK territory in the South Pacific has failed.
Pitcairn mayor Steve Christian was sacked after being convicted of rape
The men, from Pitcairn - where fewer than 50 people live - claimed they had not realised English law applied there.
But prosecutors argued islanders were subject to Britain's laws for most of the island's 200-year history.
Four men, including Pitcairn's former mayor Steve Christian, were sentenced to prison for two to six years.
Two others were given non-custodial sentences in 2004 for raping underage girls.
The Pitcairn Supreme Court, at a special sitting in Auckland, rejected claims that the men were unaware that British law applied on Pitcairn, and that their trial was unfair.
On Tuesday, the court is due to hear discussions on whether the convicted Pitcairners would be granted bail.
Until now the sentences have been effectively suspended and the convicted men have been free on Pitcairn.
The six men were convicted of rape and indecent assault charges last October.
They are due to launch another appeal before the Privy Council in London either later this year or early next year, based on a claim Britain did not have legal jurisdiction over Pitcairn.
The island was settled by mutineers on board HMS Bounty in 1789. Steve Christian is a descendent of Fletcher Christian, one of the mutineers.