Key: “we’re doing everything we can” for drug smugglers


The Prime Minister says consular assistance is being offered to two New Zealanders facing drugs charges overseas, but says there is little more that can be done.

Antony de Malmanche, 52, could be on death row by as early as next year if convicted oftrying to smuggle 1.7 kilograms methamphetamine into Baliin his backpack last Monday.

And Peter Gardner, a 25-year-old New Zealand-born Sydney resident, is due to appear in a Chinese court this week after allegedly trying to traffic 75 kilograms of methamphetamine from Guangzhou to Australialast month with his partner.

John Key says New Zealand opposes the death penalty but if people “undertake these actions in these countries it’s a high risk thing to do and a very serious situation to put yourself in”.

“I hope anyone would think through the consequences,” Mr Key told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning, adding New Zealand will do everything it can to make sure the two men are properly looked after.

I realise we have an obligation to render some level of assistance to Kiwis that get themselves into trouble overseas, but let’s have some perspective here… “everything we can”?

You’re not even putting “everything you can” into anything else John.  Why would you make sure these Darwin Award nominees are so well looked after?

I’d prefer it if you did “everything you can” for people who haven’t actually broken the law by trying to import kilos of drugs into countries.

Or, since I am apparently able to give you orders, how about you do “everything you can” in finally ejecting Mr Dotcom from our fair isles?




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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.

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