New Zealand protester boards Japanese whaling boat

10:02, February 16, 2010      

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A spokesperson for Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean said a New Zealand protester who climbed aboard one of their ships committed an act of piracy, New Zealand media reported on Monday.

Pete Bethune was the skipper of anti-whaling vessel the Ady Gil, which sank in a collision with one of the Japanese fleet in January.

Bethune said he boarded the Shonan Maru 2 on Monday morning to carry out a citizen's arrest of the captain and present him with a 3 million NZ dollars (2.1 million U.S. dollars) bill for damage to the vessel, the New Zealand Press Association reported.

A spokesperson for the whalers, Glen Inwood, dismissed Bethune' s protest and said his actions are illegal.

Inwood said Bethune cut himself while getting on the ship and is being treated by a doctor.

He is being kept in a room on his own while the Japanese authorities discuss their next step.

A spokesperson for the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Locky Maclean, said Bethune has refused to leave the ship until his demands are met.

Source: Xinhua
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