Peter Bethune, an antiwhaling activist, pleads guilty to most charges

An antiwhaling activist from New Zealand who allegedly obstructed the activities of the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic Ocean pleaded guilty to most of the charges against him when his trial began Thursday at the Tokyo District Court. The trial of Peter Bethune, 45, former captain of the antiwhaling vessel Ady Gil of the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has run a campaign to disrupt Japan’s “research whaling” activities, is being closely watched, as it is the first time a member of the group has appeared in a Japanese court.

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