Back in 2010, former Greens Senator Bob Brown wanted the Australian taxpayer to provide $1.5 million to the piracy organisation the Sea Shepherd group.
Now it appears that Greenpeace activists might be charged with piracy by the Russian authorities. Greenpeace claims that its activists – who were arrested trying to board an offshore drilling platform owned by Gazprom – were conducting a legal raid.
Yet piracy is exactly the activity that these criminals were engaged in. Piracy includes actions such as boarding, extortion, sabotage and seizure of items on a ship (among other things including murder, scuttling a ship etc). While we should give the presumption of innocence to the Greenpeace activists who were arrested, if proven that they were illegally trying to board the platform that would indeed be an act of piracy.
Fortunately for those charged, the sentence is a maximum of 15 years imprisonment, in the past pirates frequently ended their lives “dancing the hempen jig”.