Anti-Whaling Activists Held Hostage
The Sea Shepherd campaign group said the two - a Briton and an Australian - had been assaulted and tied to the radar mast by the Japanese crew.
They said they wanted charges of kidnap to be filed in Australia.
Minoru Morimoto, of the Institute of Cetacean
Research (ICR), admitted the pair had been detained but denied they had
been assaulted or harmed.
He said the Sea Shepherd’s accusations that the two men were tied up were “completely untrue”.
“It is illegal to board another country’s vessels on
the high seas. As a result, at this stage, they are being held in
custody while decisions are made on their future,” he added.
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