Interpol ramps up pursuit of antiwhaling activist Paul Watson
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has announced that the international policing agency Interpol has issued a “red notice” for the group’s founder, Captain Paul Watson. The former Vancouver resident is being pursued by the Costa Rican government in connection with a 10-year-old warrant.
German officials cited this warrant as justification for arresting Watson in May. After being held under house arrest for 70 days, he left Germany in late July, forfeiting his bail.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society issued a news release on August 8 stating that the Costa Rican charge has been amended to include “causing a danger of drowning or of an air disaster” in connection with Watson’s use of a water cannon to stop poachers from capturing sharks and causing their deaths by removing their fins.
Watson is now in hiding. The administrative director of the organization, Susan Hartland, claimed in the news release that Costa Rica is pursuing Watson at the behest of the Japanese government, which opposes his efforts to curb international whaling.