Japanese deport Taiji dolphin-slaughter film actor

Friday, January 22, 2016

Japan has ordered the deportation of the star of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,'' about a dolphin-killing village in Japan.

Ric O'Barry, the former dolphin trainer for the “Flipper'' TV series was detained upon arrival Monday at Tokyo's Narita international airport.

Japanese authorities decided today to turn down his appeal to enter the country, according to his son, Lincoln O'Barry. His son and lawyer say immigration officials accuse O'Barry of lying during questioning and having ties to anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, both of which O'Barry denies.

(Pictured, Ric O'Barry at a cove in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture in September last year)

Immigration officials said they cannot comment on individual cases.

Ric O'Barry has refused the deportation order and was being transported to another detention facility near Narita airport, his son said.

O'Barry heads Dolphin Project, dedicated to the protection of dolphins worldwide.—AP