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~Protestors File Attempted Murder Complaint Against Japanese~
Shepherd Conservation Society today filed with New Zealand police a complaint of
attempted murder against the captain of a Japanese whaling vessel.
high-tech speedboat Ady Gil, which had been part of efforts to harass Japanese
whalers in the Southern Ocean, sunk following a collision with the Shonan Maru 2
"The crew of the Shonan Maru 2 assaulted the crew of the
Ady Gil with the use of military grade LRAD (long range acoustic device) systems
and high-pressure hoses.
"Further to this, the deliberate ramming of the
Ady Gil, we believe to be attempted murder," Bill Watson, head of Sea Shepherd
New Zealand, told 3News.
The society has voiced concern that a New
Zealand-registered vessel was sunk without reaction from the Government.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today said this was not accurate.
"We are doing something about it, we're investigating the incident. It's not
for ministers to go scratching around trying to investigate something of this
"There's two appropriate authorities, one's Maritime New Zealand
(who are investigating) and the other is the Transport Accident Investigation
Sea Shepherd's Amsterdam-based Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld told
NZPA she had filed papers with Dutch authorities on Friday asking them to
investigate possible piracy charges against the whalers, but had not yet
received a response.
Ady Gil skipper Pete Bethune today brought further
accusations against the whalers, claiming they dumped fuel into the sea to make
it look like contamination from the damaged vessel.
He said the Ady Gil
held only 200 litres of fuel when it was rammed and crew members risked their
lives to go back on board the badly damaged boat and remove all contaminants
before it sank.
"We had cleaned every drop of oil out of that vessel
before it was cast adrift when it was sinking."
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