Key says: Throw your book at them…hard

Ok he didn’t really say that, but I bet that is what he was thinking when asking Vladimir Putin about the two ratbag Kiwi Greenpeace pirates.

Prime Minister John Key raised the issue of the New Zealand Arctic protestors with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Apec in Bali, Indonesia, but it was not by way of protesting their treatment.

Mr Key said he asked him if he was aware that two New Zealanders had been arrested by Russia in their response to a Greenpeace protest on an oil platform in the Arctic Sea.

“What was quite clear was that he was absolutely aware of it, he was aware that there were New Zealanders, he was aware that the [Foreign Minister] had raised it, and he gave me an assurance it would flow through the appropriate Russian judicial system.”

Yes I am sure it will flow through the Russian judicial system right through to the Russian corrections system too.

Mr Key said he did not know what the protestors would be ultimately charged with “but all I can say is he gave me an assurance it would be a proper process.”

Charges of piracy have been laid against the 30 Greenpeace activists including two New Zealanders, Jonathan Beuachamp and David Haussman, and could face 15 years jail terms if convicted.

Yep a proper Russian process…oh dear how sad never mind.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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