18 Aug 2008

Arrest warrants for anti-whaling activists - report

4:10 pm on 18 August 2008

Japanese police have reportedly sought arrest warrants for three anti-whaling activists after their heated clashes with Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean last year.

Two Americans and a Briton from the Sea Shepherd group are said to have obstructed Japan's whale hunt through protest actions such as jamming a ship's propeller with a rope.

The Kyodo news agency says Tokyo's Metropolitan Police is looking at placing the three on an international wanted list. A police spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.

Protests last year against the whaling fleet outraged Japan, which called the activities "piratical, terrorist acts".