In 2002, Captain Paul Waston, the star of Whale Wars on Animal Planet, intercepted a ship that was illegally catching and finning sharks off the coast of Guatemala to send to Asia. Captain Watson was charged with violating navigational regulations, and though the charges were eventually dropped, they were recently reinstated when an arrest warrant was issued last October. Captain Watson was arrested in Germany, and he may be soon extradited back to Costa Rica.
Paul needs supporters to appeal the German Ministry of Justice for help. The Public Prosecutor stated that the German Ministry of Justice and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have the power to stop the extradition procedures on political grounds, and if they give notice that they would not grant an extradition of Paul Watson to Costa Rica, the case will be over and Captain Watson would be set free immediately.
We have less than 48 hours for the German Minister of Justice to overturn the decision to hold Paul for up to 90 days in Germany while his extradition to Costa Rica is further determined.
This statement from Captain Watson was recently posted on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society:
“In our efforts to defend the lives of whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, and fish we have made some powerful enemies, most notably the government of Japan. It is no coincidence that the extradition request by Costa Rica was issued the same month (October 2011) as the Japanese whaling (ICR) lawsuit against Sea Shepherd was initiated. The extradition request was in reference to a complaint from Costa Rican fishermen who I caught poaching in Guatemalan waters. The fishermen were not injured and their boat was not damaged. The incident was fully documented for the film Sharkwater.Interpol originally denied this extradition order and deemed it as politically motivated. Therefore the question must be asked why Germany is now taking into account accusations made by illegal poachers.”- Captain Paul Watson
You can learn more about Captain Watson and this situation by watching the video below:
This is an extremely urgent matter, so show your support for Paul by reading the word and visiting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society website.
Photo: NY Times