This is turning into quite a saga. On 22 November, Lucy and her fellow Greenpeace protesters were due to face New Plymouth Court for sentencing on the charges of trespass of the Shell arctic drill ship The Noble Discoverer on 24-27 February 2012 (they pleaded guilty to the charges on 14 June 2012) . They were due to be sentenced on 13 September but the court case was adjourned to 22 November.
The press release issued by Greenpeace at the time said: The presiding judge had adjourned sentencing to November 22nd, on the basis that Police are seeking reparation. Greenpeace New Zealand understands that these are in excess of $700,000, and are being lodged on the behalf of Shell. Greenpeace NZ has insufficient detail to comment further, but it is likely that reparation will not be agreed to.
Here's Lucy's tweet about the latest adjournment
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) November 16, 2012
A little backstory to those coming in late on this story: In the early hours of 24 February 2012 in Taranaki, New Zealand, 7 fearless Greenpeace activists boarded the Noble Discoverer and scaled the derrick of the drill ship. They stayed up on that derrick for 3.5 days and by staying there they brought attention to the world Shell's plans for drilling in the Arctic. No longer was it a story relegated to the inner pages of the newspaper or deeply buried online. It shone a light on Shell's plans to be the first in a race to use up the Arctic's oil. Lucy Lawless used her name and her celebrity to such devastating effect that the whole world paid attention. That is not to take away from the rest of the Greenpeace protesters but if it wasn't for Lucy being involved, their valiant effort would have been overlooked.
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