paul-watson
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Good news for Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society! The 61-year-old has been set free on bail after spending more than a week in a Frankfurt jail.

According to CNN, Watson posted the $318,000 bail after a judge ruled he could go free pending an extradition decision to Costa Rica.

“The court ruled last Friday that Germany will consider the request and that Costa Rica will have 90 days to make its case,” the site reports. “The German Ministry of Justice then will decide whether to extradite Watson.”

Speaking to reporters after being freed, Watson remarked on the oddity of finding himself in this situation.

“It’s very strange that this so-called extradition thing was dismissed by Interpol in every country except Germany,” he said. “I haven’t gotten an explanation on that – but maybe the courts will enlighten us.”

The Costa Rican government issued the arrest warrant against Watson alleging “violation of ships traffic” in Guatemalan waters during a 2002 campaign against illegal shark finning. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“I had to take action with my crew a decade ago to protect hundreds of sharks, and of course, those shark poachers have very powerful allies in government and other places,” he said.

We’ll have more updates on this story as it develops.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Eriksen/100001012685267 Erik Eriksen

    there are only TWO countries that involve themselves in extradition talks… those requesting, and those holding… as usual, Cap’n Fatso ignores law and spews sewage…

  • matt

    Thank god Paul has been released finally!There us only one earth and she is being killed.The people that are killing her have names and addresses.

    Look at all these corporations that are trolling on all of these sites its sad they need to get a life lol…