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New Zealand Won’t Extradite Ship Bombing Suspect

December 17, 1991 GMT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ New Zealand said Tuesday it will not seek the extradition of a French military agent suspected of involvement in the 1985 bombing of the Greenpeace environmental ship Rainbow Warrior.

The ship was sunk in Auckland Harbor, killing one crewman, before it could sail to protest French testing of nuclear weapons on Mururoa Atoll.

Two French military agents were caught and confessed, but were subsequently freed from jail after France threatened to block New Zealand’s access to European markets for its vital agricultural products.

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Swiss police arrested Gerald Andries last month on a 6-year-old Interpol warrant. He was being held while New Zealand prepared a case for extradition.

But Justice Minister Doug Graham said Tuesday he decided to drop the case. He said two governments here made it clear to France they considered the Rainbow Warrior incident settled by a U.N.-brokered payment of compensation by France.