25 Feb '12, 7am

Eyes on Japan dolphin town after arrest

Eyes on Japan dolphin town after arrest

A Dutch supporter of environmentalist group Sea Shepherd, remanded in custody for two months on assault charges, said Friday world attention had been turned on the dolphin hunt town in Japan where he was held. Erwin Vermeulen , 42, was put on remand in Taiji — made famous by an Oscar-winning documentary — for allegedly punching a man in December as he was stopped from entering an off-limits area near a secluded bay where the hunts take place. However, a court on Wednesday acquitted him, saying testimony given by the alleged victim was not sufficient for a conviction. Speaking at a news conference on Friday Vermeulen said: "My arrest, detention of two months and the trial have generated worldwide attention for the sake of dolphins in Taiji and for the Sea Shepherd in general. "This exposure was funded by Japanese taxpayers' money." The picturesque town came to global attent...

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