Japan: Sea Shepherd Whaling Activists
Japan: Sea Shepherd Whaling Activists (Taken Question)
Question: What is our reaction to the Japanese government’s decision to send to INTERPOL the names of two American citizens and one British citizen who are accused of disrupting a whaling expedition in the Antarctic Ocean last year? Has INTERPOL released a notice concerning the three individuals?
Answer: We are aware of reports in the Japanese press that Japanese authorities may be seeking the arrest or additional information through INTERPOL channels concerning three environmental activists, two American citizens and one British citizen, in conjunction with alleged disruptive action against a Japanese whaling vessel in February 2007.
Any such request coming through INTERPOL would be handled through normal bilateral law enforcement channels.
As we have said in the past, the safety of vessels and human life at sea are the highest priorities for the United States and the nations that respect the rule of law on the high seas.