On the night of July 10 1985 the New Zealand Protest Ship, Rainbow Warrior was bombed by French Agents (Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur). The New
Zealand Government regard this act as the first terrorist attack on New Zealand Territory and the "terrorists" were summarily convicted to serve 10
years in prison for the bombing.
At the time of the Terrorist attack the Rainbow warrior was undergoing preparations to set sail on a protest voyage to the (French) nuclear test site
at Moruroa Atoll.
In a political deal between the governments of New Zealand and France presided over by the United Nations Secretary-General, Javier Perez de
CuellarFrench, terrorists Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur were released. They served less than 1 year in prison and on their return to France were
hailed as heroes.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- French intelligence agents convicted of bombing a Greenpeace protest ship in Auckland's harbor two decades ago have
appealed a court decision that would allow parts of their 1985 trial to be broadcast on television, a lawyer said Tuesday.
The two agents of France's DGSE spy agency were convicted of willful damage and the 1985 manslaughter of Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira,
who died in the attack. Each was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The appeal did not surprise Greenpeace campaign manager Cindy Baxter.
"The French Government still won't apologize, and 20 years later is still running from New Zealand justice," she said, adding that the agents had
waived any right to privacy when they published books on the affair.
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The terrorists can whine and moan all they want, the trial will be broadcast, the faces of these terrorists will be shown to the public and maybe
closure can be gained by the family of murdered photographer Fernando Pereira.
Actually it might be a good time for the French Government to apologise to us for orchestrating an act of terrorism on our beautiful country.
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[edit on 31-5-2005 by KiwiDave]