I have to say I never expected this:
Rainbow Warrior bomber apologises after 30 years
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.
“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.
“I have the blood of an innocent man on my conscience, and that weighs on me,” a visibly emotional Kister said in the interview. …
It is Pereira’s family to whom apology is most due of course, at time of writing I haven’t seen any account of response from them. In my opinion Kister’s apology, like the official apology of France before it, while welcome, changes nothing. The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior remains an inexcusable act.