Japan holds 3 Australian anti-whaling activists who boarded ship

Three Australian activists are being held aboard a Japanese ship Monday after illegally boarding the vessel to protest Japans annual whale hunt in Antarctic waters.

The three men are not yet under arrest, but are being questioned by Japans Coast Guard, a spokesman for Japans Fisheries Agency said Monday, declining to be identified as is customary in Japan.

The Australian attorney-general, Nicola Roxon, said that her government was working to secure the release of the men, but that she believed they could face criminal charges in Japan.

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Pete Bethune, whale activist, held and arrested Friday morning by Japan

Earlier this year, whale hunters and environmentalists clashed in the Southern Ocean.

A high-speed environmentalist vessel, the Ady Gil, and a Japanese security vessel collided, in a culmination of weeks of tension over whale hunting.

After the incident, the captain of the damaged trimaran, Pete Bethune, boarded the Japanese ship, Shonan Maru 2, to deliver a letter of protest.

He was then held on board the vessel for just under a month, taken back to Tokyo and arrested by Japanese authorities on Friday morning.

The New Zealander is expected to be charged with trespass.

Sea Shepherd’s Peter Bethune to be charged for Tresspassing and Assault

An anti-whaling activist from New Zealand is in custody on a Japanese vessel and will be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest, officials said Tuesday.

Peter Bethune, a member of the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd activist group, jumped aboard the Shonan Maru 2 from a Jet Ski on Monday with the stated goal of making a citizen’s arrest of the ship’s captain and presenting him with a $3 million bill for the destruction of a protest ship last month.

The Japanese government has decided to bring Bethune to Japan for questioning, Fisheries Agency official Osamu Ishikawa said. He will be charged with trespassing and assault and tried under Japanese law, Ishikawa said.

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photo released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
photo released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society