Captain Paul Watson Arrested in Germany, Faces Possible Extradition to Costa Rica on Attempted Murder Charges

Captain Paul Watson Arrested in Germany, Faces Possible Extradition to Costa Rica on Attempted Murder Charges

By Mike Schuler On Anmerk. Btr. HP.: Fil gesehen, finde ich nicht gut, wenn sich jemand für die Umwelt und die Natur so einsetzt wie Watson, wenn er dann noch in Deutschland von fiesen Hintertreibern und Förderern des Verbrechens die Haie auszurotten aus monetären Gründen verfolgt wird. Notorious Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson was arrested Saturday in Germany and is likely facing extradition to Costa Rica where he could be charged with attempted murder.  The charges, Sea Shepherd admits, stem from an alleged incident took place in Guatemalan waters in 2002 while filming Sharkwater, a documentary film meant to expose the shark-hunting industry and stars Watson as he confronts shark poachers in Guatemala and Costa Rica. According to a release by the marine wildlife conservation society, Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark finning operation run by a Costa Rican ship called the Varadero and order them, under authorization by the “order of the Guatemalan authorities”, to cease activities and head back to port to be prosecuted.  While escorting the vessel back to port, the crew of the Varadero contacted the Guatemalan authorities and said that that the crew of Sea Shepherd actually tried to kill them.  Staying true to their roots, the Guatemalan authorities quickly switched sides and dispatched a gunboat to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew.  The Sea Shepherd retreated, fleeing into Costa Rican waters where they continued their assault on illegal shark finning groups. But that’s not the end of the story.  Years later in October of 2011 a warrant for his arrest was first issued in Costa Rica, which Sea Shepherd says curiously coincides with a civil suit filed against the Sea Shepherd Societ in the U.S.  by the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR). Although Sea Shepherd first said that the charges would likely be dropped, German officials on Tuesday decided to proceed with the extradition of Captain Watson to Costa Rica. Now the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society issued an urgent plea to its followers: Our last hope of saving Captain Watson from extradition is to convince German officials at the Ministry of Justice to step in and overturn their decision.  Show your support for Captain Watson by contacting Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minister of Justice in Berlin, Germany.  Let her know that the warrant for Captain Watson’s arrest is politically motivated and thus should be ignored by the German government.  With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica. You can find the details of how to contact Mrs. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger HERE. Join the discussion: Paul Watson of Sea Shepard Arrested for Attempted Murder

Urgent Call to Sea Shepherd Supporters - Help Save Captain Watson from Extradition to Costa Rica!

In shocking news, German officials have decided to proceed with the extradition of Captain Watson to Costa Rica.  Our last hope of saving Captain Watson from extradition is to convince German officials at the Ministry of Justice to step in and overturn their decision.  Show your support for Captain Watson by contacting Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minister of Justice in Berlin, Germany.  Let her know that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and thus should be ignored by the German government.  With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica. Please contact: (Please be respectful in your communications) Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger Federal Minister of Justice Deutscher Bundestag Platz der Republik 11011 Berlin Telephone 030 - 227 751 62 Fax 030 - 227 764 02 E-Mail: sabine.leutheusser-schnarrenberger@bundestag.de Federal Ministry of Justice Mohrenstrasse 37 10117 Berlin, Germany Telephone: +49 (030) 18 580-0 Telefax: +49 (030) 18 580-9525  
  Sample Letter: Dear Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, I was very concerned to hear that Germany has detained Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson for possible extradition to Costa Rica.  I understand that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and possibly due to an incident in which Sea Shepherd uncovered an illegal shark finning operation. I support Sea Shepherd's efforts to monitor and publicise illegal fishing and whaling around the world and recognize that some illegal fishing operations try to use international law to shut down the Sea Shepherd operations.  I urge you to consider the valuable work Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd are undertaking globally to highlight the dangers to our oceans in considering this extradition request. Sincerely, Your Name.
 
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