The trial of Peter Bethune began on 27th May in Tokyo. Peter pleaded guilty to charges of trespass, property destruction, carrying a knife and disruption of commercial acitivty. He is contesting the charge of assault. The charges arise fromhis Febrauy 15th, 2010 boarding of the illegal Japanese whaling vessel the Shonan Maru No.2. Peter was attempting to deliver a citizens arrest warrant, along with an invoice for the loss of his ship which was sunk earlier by the Japanese whalers.
Peter Bethune was the first political prisoner taken by Japan since World War Two. A small inderpendent group from Australia have started a campaign to keep Pete’s spirts up. Please take a photo of yourself and as many people as you can with the design provided or make your own and post it on the Facebook page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Where the group will then forward them to Pete to keep his spirts up and show that the whole world is behind him.
Please follow the links below to read more about:
Pete’s boarding of the whaling ship
The sinking of Ady Gil
To learn more about the campaign to stop and whaling and Pete’s plight visit www.Seashepherd.org