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Sea Shepherd lodges piracy charge against Japanese ship
Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | January 9, 2010

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.


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KEYWORDS: adygil; batboat; chutzpah; maritime; piracy; seashepherd; whaling
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I don't get it. Didn't the crew of the Sea Shepherd love to portray themselves as pirates battling the Japanese whalers? And now they are leveling the charge of piracy against the whaling ship?
1 posted on 01/08/2010 4:19:19 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Piracy? Hah! These enviro-sea-whackos are very amusing.


2 posted on 01/08/2010 4:20:35 PM PST by Palladin (Obama as President? "Totally unacceptable.")
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3 posted on 01/08/2010 4:21:17 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Oh for Gods sake just sink these idiots already. They're self admitted pirates.

Open up on the ships with .50 calibers and keep firing until nothing is left twitching.

4 posted on 01/08/2010 4:22:33 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: PJ-Comix
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.
One can only hope.
5 posted on 01/08/2010 4:22:42 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


6 posted on 01/08/2010 4:22:44 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PJ-Comix
Didn't the crew of the Sea Shepherd love to portray themselves as pirates

Right down to the skull and crossbones painted on the outriggers of their stupid little dressed-up ocean racer.

7 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:01 PM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Palladin

Why was the Bat Boat so close to the Japanese ship? Showbiz. And they were trying to make like they were Enviro-Pirates.


8 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:07 PM PST by PJ-Comix (I love ROCK 'N ROLL! I memorized the all WORDS to "WIPE-OUT'' in 1965!!)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


9 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:19 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Remember in November! Throw all of the bums out!)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


10 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:28 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: PJ-Comix
The sea boneheads were flying the skull and bones flag.

This should get a laugh from the courts.

11 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:40 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


12 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:58 PM PST by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret) "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: PJ-Comix

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!


13 posted on 01/08/2010 4:25:36 PM PST by JimVT (Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing, Oh, the ring of the piper's tune)
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To: Palladin
Uh...Who's flag is this?
14 posted on 01/08/2010 4:25:44 PM PST by runfree
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To: wastedyears

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.


15 posted on 01/08/2010 4:26:23 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: PJ-Comix
This was close to murder.

Oh, I hadn't realized anyone DIED in the incident. Condolences to their families.

16 posted on 01/08/2010 4:26:56 PM PST by nina0113
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To: PJ-Comix

Oh that’s rich.


17 posted on 01/08/2010 4:27:49 PM PST by SouthTexas (Exterminate the rats!)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


18 posted on 01/08/2010 4:29:10 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: PJ-Comix
looking in a mirror these @$$h0le hippies, see pirates.

doooooooshbags!!!!

19 posted on 01/08/2010 4:29:46 PM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: PJ-Comix

It would be interesting to find out which corporate families the spoiled punks are part of.


20 posted on 01/08/2010 4:32:23 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


21 posted on 01/08/2010 4:32:38 PM PST by mnehring
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To: familyop

Bob Barker (the game show guy) bought them a $5Million dollar boat.


22 posted on 01/08/2010 4:33:10 PM PST by mnehring
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


23 posted on 01/08/2010 4:35:01 PM PST by Ikemeister
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To: PJ-Comix
Do they doofuses think a large ship has BRAKES? Guess what, you pull in front of them to try and stop them, you are going to get run over! You DO NOT cross in front of a forward moving vessel, they have right of way. I'm only a has-been boater and even I know that! The Sea Shepherd is liable, not the whaler.
24 posted on 01/08/2010 4:35:06 PM PST by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


25 posted on 01/08/2010 4:36:20 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
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.

The ship that Bob bought for these numbskulls is still afloat. For now.

26 posted on 01/08/2010 4:36:22 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: PJ-Comix

Bingo. The side flying the skull and crossbones accuses the other side of piracy!


27 posted on 01/08/2010 4:36:58 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 352 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: runfree

Trust fund idiots playing pirate—what did they think would happen?


28 posted on 01/08/2010 4:38:18 PM PST by Palladin (Obama as President? "Totally unacceptable.")
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To: PJ-Comix

20,000 tons of steel meets 20 tons of plastic.

Guess who wins.


29 posted on 01/08/2010 4:40:41 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: skeeter

do you have a link to the video on youtube?


30 posted on 01/08/2010 4:42:10 PM PST by robomatik (III %)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm so looking forward to the new season as the Japanese pull up whale after whale while the enviroterrorists impotently look on, crying their eyes out. Watching those losers' incompetent failures fills me with joy.

P.S. Does anybody really believe that fat bloviating slob captain is a vegan?

31 posted on 01/08/2010 4:43:19 PM PST by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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For self-proclaimed pirates these guys are a whiny bunch.

Suicidal too.

32 posted on 01/08/2010 4:47:52 PM PST by roses of sharon (This is a feral government, broken from the civilizing constraints of the Constitution.)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


33 posted on 01/08/2010 4:48:00 PM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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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

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/la-fg-whalers-clash-pictures,0,4798468.photogallery?index=la-fg-whalers-clash03_kvtet3nc


34 posted on 01/08/2010 4:49:38 PM PST by Craigon
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To: robomatik

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qkgUPNFCh4


35 posted on 01/08/2010 4:51:55 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PJ-Comix

Just like the mugger who becomes the poor victim when their victim pulls a gun and shoots him.


36 posted on 01/08/2010 4:53:25 PM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Gator113

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.


37 posted on 01/08/2010 4:54:04 PM PST by Styria
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But... then it woulda capsized.

Oh I get it.

38 posted on 01/08/2010 4:57:18 PM PST by skeeter
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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,

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.

39 posted on 01/08/2010 4:57:43 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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I don't get it. Didn't the crew of the Sea Shepherd love to portray themselves as pirates battling the Japanese whalers? And now they are leveling the charge of piracy against the whaling ship?

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

40 posted on 01/08/2010 4:58:04 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: PJ-Comix

Kind of ironic seeing how the “Sea Shepherd” flag is designed specifically to resemble the pirate’s “Jolly Roger”.


41 posted on 01/08/2010 4:58:06 PM PST by Ronin
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To: grobdriver

Flood forward tubes! Range: 1000 yards!


42 posted on 01/08/2010 4:59:05 PM PST by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: PJ-Comix

Liberals! You always know what they are up to by what they accuse others of.


43 posted on 01/08/2010 5:02:25 PM PST by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: Dan Middleton

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.


44 posted on 01/08/2010 5:07:34 PM PST by mnehring
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To: qam1

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.


45 posted on 01/08/2010 5:08:08 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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“... the Sea Shepherd's main ship, the Steve Irwin, is registered in the Netherlands...”


There’s a good joke in there somewhere...:^)

46 posted on 01/08/2010 5:09:19 PM PST by az_gila (AZ - one Governor down... we don't want her back...)
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To: Styria

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


47 posted on 01/08/2010 5:10:06 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: skeeter

thanks!


48 posted on 01/08/2010 5:11:03 PM PST by robomatik (III %)
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To: PJ-Comix
In any case, this is a farce. A comparable situation would be me cutting off a semi on the interstate.
49 posted on 01/08/2010 5:11:37 PM PST by anglian
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To: PJ-Comix
From the Sea Sheperd's own web site:

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.

50 posted on 01/08/2010 5:12:09 PM PST by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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