As expected, Pete Bethune has been arrested after arriving in Japan aboard the Japanese whaling boat he has been held captive on since February 15th.
Pete Bethune is charged with piracy for climbing on board the Shonan Maru 2 after it collided with and ultimately destroyed the Ady Gil in the Southern Ocean. If convicted he could face imprisonment of up to three years. Understandably, his wife is concerned that Pete will be made an example of by the Japanese Government. She and Pete (who live in Murray McCully’s electorate of East Coast Bays) have every right to look to their local MP for assistance and support.
But don’t hold your breath. McCully says NZ will provide “consular support”, but surely his constituents in East Coast Bays can expect a little more than that?
It’s getting nasty in Japan. Pro-whaling activists yesterday protested outside the New Zealand embassy waving cans of whale meat, demanding the New Zealand Government punishes the Sea Shepherd activists, including Pete Bethune. And our government has been busy this week appeasing the Japanese government and the whale-killers.
But McCully has a job to do in East Coast Bays as well as on the international stage.
It’s time he gave Pete’s wife a call and did his job as a local MP.