In 2002, “Captain” Paul Watson, a conservationist/activist, rammed his ship the Ocean Warrior into a fishing boat that was illegally shark finning in Guatemalan waters. The crew of the Ocean Warrior were on the way to Costa Rica where they were to sign a deal with the government to protect a section of waters from sea-poachers. However, under advisement from Guatemalan authorities, Paul Watson attempted to apprehend the poachers and ultimately had to resort to the drastic tactic. Paul Watson and his crew, which included filmmaker Rob Stewart, were charged with attempted murder, purposely damaging property and shipwrecking. Because the incident was filmed, Watson seemed to have a very good defense and the prosecutor decided that charges would not be pursued. That decision was later reversed and Paul Watson was formerly charged in May of 2002.
On May 17, “Captain” Paul Watson now sits in a German prison, where he awaits extradition to Costa Rica for the aforementioned charges. Supporters of Paul Watson now have only a few days to protest this extradition. Should the extradition be processed, the Costa Rican government will have up to ninety days to collect the accused. During that time, Paul Watson would be kept in the German prison. According to Watson’s counsel, “the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have the power to stop the extradition procedure on political ground.”
According to Watson’s supporters, because of a delay in the filing of the extradition, coupled with a German holiday, that supporters still have time to appeal to the Ministers to throw the case out.
In an email distribution, supporters of Watson wrote,
“We only have hours to change the minds of the German officials who can make a difference and do something, not only to save the life of Captain Watson, but also to save the lives of the whales, dolphins, seals, and fish that he has spent his life courageously defending.”
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