Whaling activist Bethune given suspended sentence

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An anti-whaling activist has been given a suspended two-year prison term in Japan for boarding a Japanese harpoon ship earlier this year in Antarctic waters.

New Zealander Peter Bethune, of the Sea Shepherd conservation group, said he boarded the ship to stop the whale hunt and make a citizen's arrest of its captain.

He pleaded guilty to four out of the five charges brought against him, but has denied assault.

Roland Buerk reports.

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