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Sea Shepherd founder/president Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Germany for a 2005 Costa Rica shark campaignSea Shepherd founder/president Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Germany for a 2005 Costa Rica shark campaign

Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson Arrested in Germany

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Earlier today, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society president and founder Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sea Shepherd France president Lamya Essemlali posted to Facebook: “Captain Paul Watson was arrested this morning at Frankfurt airport on a warrant for his arrest for his intervention for the sharks in 2005 in the Costa Rica.”

The 2005 campaign was featured in “Sharkwater,” a film by Rob Stewart. “In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives,” says the film’s site.

Check out our first update from Watson himself here.

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  • Beitz Evers

    About time.

  • Voiceactorstar

    NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    • Laura Leigh

      YYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! HAPPY DANCE !!!!!!

  • AnimuX

    Of course, the people who promote and support poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are going to love this since the charges stem from a ship collision between Sea Shepherd and a very clearly illegal shark finning boat. The Costa Rican flagged vessel was filmed killing sharks in Guatemalan waters.

    • Beitz Evers

      According to your dear leader, legality doesn’t matter:

      “Justice takes precedence over the law” – Paul Watson, WW Viking Shores

      • AnimuX

        That “dear leader” routine got burned out by conservative morons repeatedly attacking President Obama. Thanks for playing.

  • Molly Isaac

    Correction, Jennifer, the alleged incident during that “campaign ” took place in 2002. The documentary of the campaign,titled “Sharkwater” was produced in 2006 and released in 2007…Lamya Essemlali ‘s got it wrong. See http://www.seashepherd.org for official press release

  • Molly Isaac

    Jennifer, Lamya Essemlali has the dates wrong. The actual SSCS campaign took place in 2002 , as documented in “Sharkwater” which was produced in 2006 and released in 2007. Great documentary with footage that also serves as good defense evidence if ever Paul Watson stands trial in Costa Rica

    • guest

      “Great documentary with footage that also serves as good defense evidence if ever Paul Watson stands trial in Costa Rica” — evidence produced by the people accused of committing a crime?

    • Pete Wilson

      Why didn’t it serve as a good defense when the original charges were laid? According to this article, he was scheduled for trial but did not appear. This could already have been behind him had he faced his accuser and stood by his convictions.

      http://www.amcostarica.com/062606.htm

  • Snabbih

    Lock him up and throw the key away :)

  • guest

    This is what happens when you play police officer without actually being one!

  • Ednakano

    Euro-Pol start to limmit Eco-terrorist activity. SSCS is one of those terrorist school and Cult leader PW is main force of SSCS. Once shout down SSCS activity, EU will be much safe.

  • Jeffwhite980

    Update from Paul Watson’s associate Elissa Sursara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElissaSursara/posts/153319194798295

    “Arrest update from Paul Watson: Paul has made contact with me from Frankfurt airport jail. He has been given periodic access to his mobile phone and is being treated well. One of the police officers is a vegan and even asked for an autograph. He says he is comfortable, but fighting a horrible cold. The Costa Rican officials are trying to arrest him for the events around the time of Sharkwater. A fishermen accused Paul of trying to kill him, though it is evident that Paul did not and that evidence is on film. He said the warrant dates back to an event in 2002. It is unclear why they have issued it ten years later. Paul says thank you for the concern on Facebook and Twitter and finds it very encouraging. The police have given him a vegan salad for tonight’s dinner. He has two lawyers who came to him by way of the European Parliament and he will see the judge tomorrow morning. For more updates, visit http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/sea-shepherd-news.html #FreeCaptainWatson”

    • romika3

      “One of the police officers is a vegan and even asked for an autograph. ” really, what kind of logic is this and he’s fighting a cold, perhaps they should let him go home to bed……

  • Laura Leigh

    HAPPY DANCE

  • Pilot whale

    Very good :-) hope that scumbag will rot in jail.

  • romika3

    Paul Watson and the SSCS have a history of attacking and demonizing the group that their organization supposedly whats to bring about behavioral change (justified or not justified). It has been shown time after time that this approach does not work and results in the target group “digging in their heels”. Stating that these methods are acceptable as long as there is no injury or death is shallow justification for their violence and stating that a clause in a UN charter somehow gives the SSCS “policing” rights holds no water.

  • Anon

    Criminals get arrested, however, Watson is the son of Poseidon and can thus call himself a demigod. He does not submit to human laws and does whatever pleases him. It’s just a matter of time until he summons a grenade launcher and blasts his way outta the prison.

  • AnimuX

    Anyone who sides with Costa Rica on this is effectively siding with organized crime and poachers. The Coasta Rican flagged vessel that Sea Shepherd intercepted and detained was filmed illegally killing sharks in Guatemalan waters prior to the incident.

    Of course, the incident consists of a ship collision that resulted in no deaths because Sea Shepherd doesn’t kill people — and doesn’t threaten to either. In three decades of direct action campaigns SSCS has never attempted to kill anybody.

    Not that this would matter to pro-whaling propagandists. If Paul Watson personally shut down a human trafficking ring or a drug smuggling operation they would still cheer for Watson’s arrest.

    • romika3

      First, Watson is noted for selective editing. Secondly, stating that you haven’t killed or injured anyone does not give one licence to conduct violence against fishermen. Thirdly, his shallow interpretation of a UN clause does not give him “policing” or any other authority at sea. Fourthly, Costa Rica have laws, just like Canada and the US, they are to be respected……

    • Pilot whale

      “In three decades of direct action campaigns SSCS has never attempted to kill anybody” you say. He shoot at local police whit emergency rockets. This may not be an attempt to kill anyone, but could very easily be deadly. So what your saying is that I can take a gun and shoot at people and then say “it is not an attempt to kill anyone” and the nit makes it all ok??????????????????????

    • Beitz Evers

      “Anyone who sides with Costa Rica on this is effectively siding with organized crime and poachers.”

      = FALSE DICHOTOMY (look it up)

      “The Coasta Rican flagged vessel that Sea Shepherd intercepted and detained was filmed illegally killing sharks in Guatemalan waters prior to the incident.”

      How about you post a link to that film so we can all have a look at it?

      • AnimuX

        You can see it in the documentary film: “Sharkwater” (look it up)

        • Beitz Evers

          I looked it up and it doesn’t contain anything like you say it does. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me.

          • AnimuX

            That is a lie. The documentary film “Sharkwater” shows clear footage of the Costa Rican flagged illegal long line fishing boat killing sharks in Guatemalan waters — in addition to Sea Shepherd intercepting it and the ship collision that resulted in these new bogus charges.

            The same documentary also captured video of illegally gotten shark fins being dried on the roofs of buildings (which the criminals quickly attempted to hide once they spotted the cameras) — also in Costa Rica.

            It’s unfortunate that some are perfectly willing to support documented organized crime in Costa Rica in their obsessive condemnation of environmental activists.

            It’s not as if nobody pays any attention to the problem of shark finning and no reasearch has ever been done into the illicit business of IUU fishing.

          • Beitz Evers

            Here’s a Sea Shepherd press release where Paul Watson says that crewmembers Benjamin Potts and Giles Lane have been kidnapped by the Japanese whalers:

            http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2008/01/15/japanese-whalers-kidnap-two-sea-shepherd-whale-defenders-590

            Here’s video of them boarding the Japanese ship of their own free will:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mV-e9426gg

            Doesn’t say much for the credibility of Sea Shepherd, does it?

          • Taz-76

            This post is in support of animi x -I have seen this show on oasis and discovery! It is a real and true film. It is exactly as animu x has described it. It is absolutely disgusting what is being done to the worlds sharks. These illegal fishing boats that are killing sharks for there fins should be shut down and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Like sharks or not they are a huge part of natures ecosystem and is another sick example of how we are destroying our own domain! Just as guilty are the people that buy and consume shark fin soup! Simple supply and demand. If there is no market the killing would stop!!!

  • Ezanzola

    what is with all the hatred for this man?, he is just trying to protect the sea world. good for him to have the courage to do. no one else seems to

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