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Subject Attorney General said Australian Whaling activists would face consequences for their actions
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Original Message Ms Roxon said the federal government was doing all it could to assist the men, who are being detained on the whaling escort vessel Shonan Maru II, but it was likely they would be dealt with under Japanese law.

"If people do take action - take the law into their own hands - the rules that apply are sometimes ones that you can't as a government change. There will be consequences and in this case it is very unlikely that Australian law will apply," Ms Roxon told ABC News 24.

The daring mission was aimed at forcing the vessel to stop tailing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's anti-whaling flagship, the Steve Irwin.

"It disturbs me that the Attorney-General says it was outside Australian zone, Captain Watson told The Australian Online from the Steve Irwin, about 100 nautical miles south of Australia.

"Both vessels have GPS and I expect that she will be very embarrassed when the truth comes out."

"I think (Ms Roxon) is a coward, it is absolutely incredible she's not doing more to help these Australian citizens

Mr Abbott said the government should be doing everything it can to assist the detained trio.

“The standard duty of government is to help Australians in trouble overseas,” Mr Abbott said.

“I think it is important Australia does what it reasonably can to exercise its sovereignty and get these guys into protection as soon as possible.”

[link to www.theaustralian.com.au]

The men were in good health on the ship, said Glenn Inwood, a New Zealand-based spokesman for Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research, which runs the whaling fleet.

Mr Inwood said the men had risked being taken to Japan for trial, but there has been no comment yet from the government in Tokyo.

Mr Watson criticised the federal government's response to the crisis as "the bullshit politics of betrayal".

"Nicola Roxon has been quick to condemn these three brave men by saying they were detained by the Japanese in international waters and Australia would be powerless to stop them being taken back to Japan," Mr Watson said.

"Of course the only reason they boarded the Shonan Maru No.2 was because her government has refused to make good on their pre-election promise to get tough with the illegal Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary."

[link to www.smh.com.au]
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