It’s been over a week since the trial of the Tokyo 2 began and it’s time for some reflection on the trial and to take the time to highlight the out-pouring of support from our loyal co-defendants around the world.
Trial highlights and tidbits
-Public trial began Feb 15th in Amori, Japan
-The trial began with a representative of the whaling company (Kyodo Senpaku) and another from the courier company being called by the prosecution to the witness stand.
-the witnesses' stories had holes and contradictions related to the ‘souvenir gifts’ of whale meat and the prosecution struggled to prove its own arguments.
-The trial hearing will reconvene on March 8th when the defence witnesses will be called, including crew members of the whaling fleet and international law expert Professor Dirk Voorhoof. Testimony is due to last four days.
-It is expected that the closing statements will be delivered on May 14th and a verdict sometime in June.
-The United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recently rendered an opinion that the previous Japanese government’s treatment of Sato and Suzuki had breached their human rights – This was the first time the Working Group has given such an opinion in Japan.
Greenpeace offices around the world will continue to stand in solidarity with Junichi and Toru as the trial continues over the coming months so stay tuned.
Thanks to our supporters!
Over a quarter of a million people have signed a demand to end the prosecution. The trial has also attracted international and domestic media attention as well as the support of numerous human rights groups, lawyers, and politicians. A huge thank you to all of those who have lent their voice or have pledged to stand with Junichi and Toru during this challenging time, but we remain confident that justice will prevail for the T2 and for the whales! If you haven’t had a chance to sign the pledge, sign it now!