Nick Vinocur sketch

For the past five months, this Filipino sailor has been lying low in a local motel room, waiting to make his appearance as a whistle-blower in federal deep-sea pollution trial. He spoke out for the first time last week, testifying that his employers ordered him to dump waste oil into international waters.

Ricky Lalu (pictured) is one of twelve Filipino sailors who were taken into custody when their oil tanker, the M/T Kriton, was detained in New Haven Harbor last March. At the time, a crew member had called the US Coast Guard, claiming that his employers had ordered workers to perform the illegal dump-outs.

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