Skip to comments.Sea Shepherd lodges piracy charge against Japanese ship
Posted on 01/08/2010 4:19:19 PM PST by PJ-Comix
ENVIRONMENT lobby group Sea Shepherd has lodged a piracy complaint in the Netherlands against the captain and crew of a Japanese ship that collided with one of its vessels.
"We have lodged a complaint of piracy with the Dutch prosecuting authority against the captain and crew of the Japanese vessel," Sea Shepherd legal representative Liesbeth Zegveld told AFP today.
"This was close to murder. It was such an extreme act that if no-one takes action now, we may have an even more serious incident in future."
The New Zealand-registered Ady Gil, a high-tech protest boat of the Sea Shepherd group, sank on Friday after being badly damaged in a collision with a Japanese ship, the Shonan Maru 2, two days earlier.
Both parties blame each other for the crash.
Zegveld claimed the collision was "an act of violence" and said the damage was close to $US1 million ($A1.09 million). One of the crew suffered broken ribs.
Piracy enjoys universal jurisdiction, the lawyer said, and "any state is competent to deal with this case".
The Netherlands was chosen since one of the crew was Dutch and the Sea Shepherd's main ship, the Steve Irwin, is registered in the Netherlands.
"We want the crew of the Shonan Maru 2 to go to jail," Zegveld said. "We will bring a civil suit later to recoup the financial losses."
Prosecution spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen confirmed that a complaint had been received on Friday.
"There will be an initial examination before we decide whether or not to open a full investigation," she said. Sea Shepherd claims to have saved hundreds of whales by chasing the Japanese whaling fleet.
Piracy? Hah! These enviro-sea-whackos are very amusing.
Open up on the ships with .50 calibers and keep firing until nothing is left twitching.
If this is the same incident I saw on Youtube, These idiots had better pray the capt’n of the Japanese vessel doesn’t make a reckless endangerment charge against them.
Right down to the skull and crossbones painted on the outriggers of their stupid little dressed-up ocean racer.
Why was the Bat Boat so close to the Japanese ship? Showbiz. And they were trying to make like they were Enviro-Pirates.
I wish I could find a feeble old game show host who would give me 5 million to buy one of those fancy, high speed Batman boats. I sure as hell wouldn’t drive it around any Japanese whalers though.
I hope the Japanese take these guys for hundreds of thousands to repair the damage their little boat caused to the Japanese ship. It was international waters and these creeps put themselves in the way. THEY are the ones guilty of endangering the crew.
This should get a laugh from the courts.
Does not the law of the sea require the more manueverable vessel to maneuver to avoid colision?
Also, Is not running around other vessels recklessly and with intent to harass legal operations a violation as well?
Sink all these enviro-terrorists. Jail those who can swim.
Speaking of wackos.................Bob Barker, the ancient tv mariner, gave them 5 million to build their command craft!
I suppose Ol’ Bob never ate a fish in his life!
BINGO! You beat me to it, and that is exactly where this band of idiots is headed. This whole thing is a bunch of BS that was dreamed up for “reality” TV via the Discovery channel.
Oh, I hadn't realized anyone DIED in the incident. Condolences to their families.
Oh that’s rich.
Haw. The Japanese should sue Sea Shepherd for piracy in New Zealand, where their little boat is flagged. Then the Japanese could compel the testimony of Lloyd’s Registry, to find out why an unseaworthy ship like the Ady Gil was permitted at sea, and if its owners were trying to sink it to collect the insurance and damages from a lawsuit.
It would be interesting to find out which corporate families the spoiled punks are part of.
The video makes it obvious the Sea Shepard rammed that ship, either by negligence or on purpose.. either way, I hope those hippies one day have a face of with Somali pirates. I would pay to watch that.
Bob Barker (the game show guy) bought them a $5Million dollar boat.
After watching these creeps on their TV show, I was pleased to see them finally get what was coming to them. Maybe Japan should dispatch some warships to protect their whalers and blast these guys out of the water.
A number of years ago, I had the displeasure of meeting Paul Watson, the Capt. of the Sea Shepherd. Watson and his crew were arrogant jerks to the extreme.
I wouldn’t have had any problem if the Japanese had sent those boats to the bottom.
The ship that Bob bought for these numbskulls is still afloat. For now.
Bingo. The side flying the skull and crossbones accuses the other side of piracy!
Trust fund idiots playing pirate—what did they think would happen?
20,000 tons of steel meets 20 tons of plastic.
Guess who wins.
do you have a link to the video on youtube?
P.S. Does anybody really believe that fat bloviating slob captain is a vegan?
The sea shepard nutz were flying the jolly roger and had it on their boat’s ‘fins’. Nautically, a ship flying those colors are by definition a pirate. Doubt that the dutch have jurisdiction over that part of the ocean anyway.
Morons were trying to drag a cable around the ship to entangle its prop and rudder. Plus the story says their state of the art boat was capable of 50 knots. Good luck with that Japanese piracy charge y’all. lol
Just like the mugger who becomes the poor victim when their victim pulls a gun and shoots him.
Even though it sank anyway, it’s too bad the whaler didn’t hit the pirate ship across one of those wings rather than cutting off the nose.
Oh I get it.
The Ady Gil, under its previous ownership, set a record for circumnavigation of the world last year. It is very far from "unseaworthy."
In any case, this is a farce. A comparable situation would be me cutting off a semi on the interstate while driving a Ferrari and then blaming the trucker for running me over.
They are typical Liberals
What ever actions they do they are justified, but if someone uses the same tactics against them, then oh boy, here comes the whining
Kind of ironic seeing how the “Sea Shepherd” flag is designed specifically to resemble the pirate’s “Jolly Roger”.
Flood forward tubes! Range: 1000 yards!
Liberals! You always know what they are up to by what they accuse others of.
I agree, don’t knock the ship because of how the idiot hippies treat her. She is an engineering feat going to waste in the Sea Shepard’s hands.
They are not just Liberals, they are Latinos ~ they play that “stop and squat” scam all the time. Ask Allstate, State Farm or Geico about that practice.
There’s a good joke in there somewhere...:^)
Agreed, a wing hit would have caused her to roll, dumping all aboard into the water for a well deserved bath and the bat boat would have gone down very quickly. I would like the Sea Shepherd sent to the bottom too.
The is not about saving Whales, it never has been, it’s all about money. For some of this kids, it is about idealism and adventure. Watson has a nice gig... donations and profits from lawsuits fund his travels over the seas all around the world. Not a bad job it you can get it. LOL
Due to its speed capabilities, up to 50 knots, Captain Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd President and Founder) intends to use the Ady Gil to intercept and physically block the harpoon ships from illegally slaughtering whales.
Well, looks like the Sea Sheperd crew did exactly what they stated was the mission of the Ady Gil. How is it the fault of the Japenese ship that the Ady Gil was demolished. Perhaps the Sea Sheperd crew ought to take a refresher course in physics.