Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the Captain of the Sea Shepherd boat Ady Gil has shown extraordinary courage in waters south of Australia's Heard Island today.
"Captain Peter Bethune, with his five crew, was nearly killed when the Ady Gil was rammed and sunk by the Shonan Maru 2. He has now boarded the Shonan Maru 2 itself to attempt a citizen's arrest of its captain and present a $3 million bill for the destroyed ship.
"I call on the sleeping Rudd government to insist Captain Bethune is treated responsibly and brought back to Australia or New Zealand as soon as feasible," Senator Brown said.
A photograph of Senator Brown with Captain Bethune is available on request.
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