We believe the prosecution of Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, known as the “Tokyo-Two”, is politically motivated and designed to silence opposition against whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Our belief is backed by the fact that the United Nations Human Rights Council has ruled that the Japanese government breached numerous articles of international law by detaining and prosecuting Junichi and Toru. A quarter of a million individuals, dozens of legal experts and human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have all expressed equal concern.

We hope that justice will prevail and that the courts will finally recognise Junichi and Toru for doing their duty as concerned citizens. But, should they be tried and sentenced unjustly – we will not go quietly. Our voices will only get louder.

Junichi and Toru are honourable men who acted in the interest of Japanese tax-payers by exposing large scale embezzlement inside the government funded whaling programme. We stand beside them as co-defendants in opposition to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. And we call on the Japanese government to respect its commitment to international human rights law, to ensure that the Tokyo Two receive a fair trial, and that the investigation into the whale meat embezzlement scandal is reopened.

It is whaling that should be on trial, not the people who oppose it.

Aly Sagne, Chairman

Lumiere Synergie Developpement