Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson flees Germany, conservation group says
Canadian anti-whaling activistPaul Watson has left Germany and is in an undisclosed location, according to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Watson, the society’s founder, was arrested in Germany in May in connection with an alleged high-seas altercation with a Costa Rican shark-finning vessel in 2002.
Watson was being detained in Germany for possible extradition to Costa Rica, according to the society.
An arrest warrant had recently been issued for the high-profile activist in Germany after he allegedly skipped bail, the Canadian Press reports.
“Captain Watson’s attorney reports he has left Germany,” Susan Hartland, administrative director of Sea Shepherd, said in a statement posted on the group’s website on July 25.
Watson had previously run afoul of the Japanese government because of alleged efforts to disrupt the country’s whale hunters.
“We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese Government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,” Hartland said.
“We have no further information and are not in touch with him. We will do our best to provide more details as we learn more. We will post any new information as it arrives and we are able to confirm its validity."
Watson, in his early 60s, was a founder of the Greenpeace Foundation and is a former Georgia Straight contributor.