Lawless pleads guilty to oil ship protest
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:44a.m.
By Imogen Crispe
Actor Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace protestors have pleaded guilty to unlawfully boarding a ship after appearing in the Auckland District Court this morning.
The group originally faced burglary charges but those were today withdrawn.
Lawless and seven activists carried out a four-day protest aboard oil drilling ship the Noble Discovery in February.
The group were arrested and charged with burglary.
The eight defendants have been granted bail and will reappear on September 14.
Outside court today Lawless said she was not sure if the impending conviction would affect her ability to travel with her job.
“I don’t believe so, but we’ll see how that plays out.
She has no regrets about her actions.
“Certainly I stand by what we did and our need to do it. Peaceful action is the only way forward."
But she is not in a hurry to do it again.
“I’ve got no plans to reprise my role on an oil rig, but I had to do what I had to do.”
Lawless says she will stand by Greenpeace.
“I believe in Greenpeace and these matters, I concur with them.
“I think we’ve started something and I’m sure my association with them will go on, I don’t know what shape that will take.”
When asked if the action was risky for her career, she replied “not as risky as doing nothing”.
Fellow Greenpeace protestor, Vivienne Hadlow, 28, who faced the same charge says the group pleaded guilty because the charge was more appropriate for what they did.
She says she would do it again if the need arose.
Hadlow also made a statement on behalf of the group.
“We hope our actions will inspire all of those people who care about helping the planet… wildlife, our ability to eat fish in the sea, and our way of life here in New Zealand… and make sure that this country and the arctic is never faced with an oil disaster.”
She says the ship the group boarded is now in Seattle and has not started drilling yet.
The other six protestors who plead guilty today were Israeli Llai Amir, 25, Jan Raoni Hammer, 30, Zachary Steven Penman, 21, Australian Shayne Panayiotis Comino, 33, Michael Ross Buchanan, 28, and Israeli Shai Sebastian Naides, 28.
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16/06/2012 5:49:09 a.m.
David Kashfi wrote:
Lucy has shown impressive determination and bravery as well as concern for the environment. It is my hope that her sentence, if she is convicted, will be as light as possible and will not effect her ability to travel to other countries nor harm her acting career. Trespassing on a ship for an environmental protest should not be punished harshly.
15/06/2012 10:06:11 p.m.
@ MIKE, I dont think if she was drilling and selling a resource that did not belong to her and harming the environment in doing so in her own hoome and you protested it, that you would get done for anything! but yeah in a world run by halfwits like you i wouldnt be surprised!
15/06/2012 8:38:19 a.m.
@Erm and Mike...take away the right to protest and then you have dictatorship, corruption and wealth protection. Lucy did nothing wrong, she is a legend. Your views are somewhere in the 1800's colonial NZ not the year 2012! Sustainability is coming, like it or not!
15/06/2012 3:03:53 a.m.
Good for Lucy and the other people who had the courage to do something for the way of life in NZ. Would those posters who had negative things like to see NZ become another disaster like the American Gulf Coast.
14/06/2012 5:40:19 p.m.
Nina Larisch-Haider wrote:
How can a protest ever be illegal???
They did the right thing ....
14/06/2012 4:28:37 p.m.
Good on her for standing up for what she believes in, which is more than what most Kiwis do.
14/06/2012 4:20:50 p.m.
If we broke in to her house and camped there for 4 days, I expect we would be sent to prison.She and here fellow criminals should get sentences just like any other law breaker. They shouldn't get off lightly due to their political posturing. We should see substanial damages award against these criminals for the police time wasted, plus the disruption to businesses.The protest wasn't even by any NZ'rs, is basically a foreign protest using a USA celebrity who was born in NZ.
14/06/2012 3:14:01 p.m.
And for you little miss I have millions you are fined $150 and whats more costs of 300.
Now take that!!
14/06/2012 11:01:57 a.m.
Take her passport away.
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