In December of 2011 a Dutch citizen (the Netherlands) part of the Cove Guardians named Erwin Vermeulen was arrested by the police for an assault upon a Taiji fisherman according the Sea Shepherd. According to Sea Shepherd the assault charge is totally false. Sea Shepherd claims the police raided the hotel they were investing and confiscated their cameras and computers. Then a day or two later returned everything, less the SD cards. Meaning Sea Shepherd would be unable to provide video showing Mr. Vermeulen did not assault the fisherman. It is questionable is such a video ever existed.
|Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian in Jail|
Article sympathetic to Mr. Vermeulen:
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