Do they still hang pirates from the yardarm?

The Green taliban ratbags who thought they could annoy Russians are finding out the hard way that Russians don’t really care about international opinion and they certain don’t care for smelly hippies boarding their ships illegally.

The two Kiwi ratbags arrested have now been charged with piracy also.

Russian investigators have charged the entire 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship – including two New Zealanders – with piracy for a protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement that the charge, which can result in a 15-year prison term upon conviction, has been filed against 16 members of the crew, including a prominent Russian freelance photographer.

The crew’s other 14 members were similarly charged the day before.  

Do they still hand pirates from the yardarm?

This bunch of hippies have found out that their “we’re righteous, so we don’t worry about the rule of law” attitude actually sometimes has consequences beyond a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.

It’s all shits and giggles until the fun the state charges them, impounds their boat and ties them up in legal knots for a decade or so.

Watch the useful idiots apply their NZ legal knowledge to a situation in Russia where the very idea of an independent judiciary is still considered a novelty.

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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.