Join Sea Shepherds around the world who will gather at German embassies in a Global Day of Action to demand Captain Paul Watson's freedom! On this day the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will be visiting German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin. All around the world, Sea Shepherds will be making our voices heard at German embassies and consulates between 1100 and 1300 hours (local time).
Sea Shepherd supporters in the New York area should meet in front of the German Consulate in Manhattan - 871 United Nations Plaza (1st Avenue between 48 and 49 Streets) at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 23. If you plan on participating, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 12, Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany for extradition to Costa Rica. The German police have said that the warrant for Captain Watson’s arrest is in response to an alleged violation of ships traffic in Costa Rica, which occurred during the filming of Sharkwater in 2002.
Since then, Sea Shepherd supporters around the globe have contacted officials at the German Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urge them not to continue with the extradition from what is surely a politically motivated arrest warrant from Costa Rica.
The extradition process continues, but Captain Watson has been granted bail and will be freed on bail on Monday, May 21. Supporters are encouraged to continue to contact the German Ministries of Justice and of Foreign Affairs (contact information in the links below), and to participate in the May 23rd Global Day of Action.
Should Captain Watson be extradited to Costa Rica, he will certainly not receive a fair trial and his safety cannot be guaranteed. The shark finning mafia, which operates illegally in Costa Rica, could try to harm Captain Watson and this reality has him fearing for his life. Sea Shepherd is doing everything it can to provide Captain Watson the best legal defense team possible. Between the illegal Japanese whalers and the shark finning mafia in Costa Rica, Captain Watson has formidable enemies who seek to stop his efforts to defend marine life.
For more background information:
Captain Paul Watson Arrested in Frankfurt, Germany on Warrant Issued in Costa Rica
Update on the Arrest of Captain Watson: Day 2 in Custody
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 and Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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.
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German Prosecutor's Late Motion Gives German Ministers More Time to Free Captain Watson
Higher Regional Court Defers Judgement to Ministry of Justice - Bogus Extradition Process to Proceed, but Captain Watson Granted Bail