Rainbow Warrior bomber apologises after 30 years…

Retired French colonel Jean-Luc Kister. Picture / TVNZ
Retired French colonel Jean-Luc Kister. Picture / TVNZ

The French secret service frogman who attached the mines which sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago apologised for his actions in an interview today with investigative website Mediapart.

Jean-Luc Kister, whose face was not covered in the hour-long video interview, said he believed it was now the right time to say sorry to the family of Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, who was killed in the explosion, to Greenpeace and to the people of New Zealand.

The Greenpeace protest vessel Rainbow Warrior lying partly submerged at Marsden Wharf Auckland after an explosion ripped through the hull. Photo / Ben Motu
The Greenpeace protest vessel Rainbow Warrior lying partly submerged at Marsden Wharf Auckland after an explosion ripped through the hull. Photo / Ben Motu

“Thirty years after the event, now that emotions have subsided and also with the distance I now have from my professional life, I thought it was the right time for me to express both my deepest regret and my apologies,” Kister said.

On July 10, 1985, the Rainbow Warrior was docked in Auckland on its way to protest against French nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll, about 1,200 kilometres southeast of Tahiti.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11508836&ref=NZH_FBpage

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