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Paul Watson Explains His Decision to Flee Germany

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More than a week after fleeing Germany, Paul Watson has finally opened up on the circumstances surrounding his dramatic decision to leave the country.

The Sea Shepherd founder sent a message to Sea Shepherd HQ this past weekend, telling supporters that he’s in a comfortable, safe place “far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans.”

As Sea Shepherd mentioned in a previous release, the main impetus for Watson’s decision to forfeit the terms of his bail and leave Germany was a move by Japan seeking his extradition.

He writes:

“In December, the President of Costa Rica met with the Prime Minister of Japan. I had attended the Hamburg Film Festival in November 2011 without being arrested in Germany. In March I traveled to Spain and France without incident. Yet in May of 2012, I was arrested in Germany on an extradition warrant from Costa Rica. And what I found was that Costa Rica, like Japan, had issued an Interpol notice and Interpol at the end had dismissed the request.

“Germany however, a country without an extradition treaty with Costa Rica or Japan, decided to apprehend me on what they described was a bilateral agreement with Costa Rica. This, of course, caught Japan’s attention and they began negotiations to apply directly to Germany with a request for my extradition. That request by Japan was approved by Germany on July 23rd, 2012. I was alerted to this by reliable sources on July 22nd.”

Watson goes on to say that had he been extradited to Japan, he’s certain he would never be released.

“I am very disappointed with the German government,” he writes. “For me it is obvious that the German government conspired with Japan and Costa Rica to detain me so that I could be handed over to the Japanese. For me it is clear that they made the political decision to turn me over to the Japanese even before a court decision was made. All the German people that I have met were supportive of the work I do. I did not meet a single critic in the streets, in the courts, in the media or at any of the events and presentations that I attended. Even the police and members of the court were supportive.”

If indeed Japan, Germany, and Costa Rica conspired together to apprehend Watson, it’s proof that his actions are certainly pissing off the right people. Lucky for SSCS supporters, it appears they have help in high places.

As for where Watson is exactly, my guess would be on a boat in international waters. Events like this only harden his resolve to keep fighting for marine life around the world – and he makes a point to say that Sea Shepherd will once again interfere with Japan’s Southern Ocean whale hunt.

” I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that. In December, our ships will sail forth for the ninth campaign to oppose the outlaw Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The campaign will be called Operation Zero Tolerance and we will risk our ships and our selves yet again in the effort required to stop these pelagic bandits in their remorseless slaughter of the gentle giants of the seas.”

You can read the full message from Watson over on the Sea Shepherd site here.


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  • guest

    Paul Watson always asks his crew if they are willing to die for the whales — guess he is not!!
    The Sea Shepherds are still asking for money to support Watson, wonder where it is going now that he is a fugative? Hopefully the IRS is watching!!

    • Oh look, isn’t it nice that one of the Japanese whaling supporters came over to share their view…..

      • Sally Richter

        Damn right I support them. They have been very patient with Paul and his fellow criminals.

        • marcus

          Go crawl back under your rock

    • guest

      Actually I don’t support whaling BUT I DO support the rule of law as opposed to vigilantes ramming ships.

  • Sally Richter

    Oh, I thought he wanted to “put whaling on trial”? Thank God people’s eyes are finally being opened to his true character (or lack thereof).

  • Sally Richter

    I am very proud of the Japanese. See how they solve their problems via the rule of law? Hell, they would have even been totally justified in sinking the SS pirate ships, but they showed great restraint. Hats off to them.

    • So you support murder?

      • Sally Richter

        How the hell did you get that? Murder is ILLEGAL. I support the rule of law.

  • please stay safe……..

  • WhalesOverJapanesePeople

    The Japanese government is full of it. In this day and age they do not need to KILL whales to “study them” and take “tissue samples”. Organizations all over the world do it with other species without killing them. It is just a typical slaughter by the Japanese. They are using a loophole in the law to try to make illegal activities seem legitimate.

    • Sally Richter

      If it is a “loophole,” then it is legal. That is what a loophole is.

      • marcus

        No a loophole is a way to get around the law.

    • guest

      I’m curious how do you propose to get stomach contents and other internal samples from whales without killing them?

      Most other species won’t sink to their death if you tranquilize (even if you can tranquilize them..wonder what it would take to put a whale out?).

  • Karina1

    Wow the pro whalers are out in force on this thread. Paul Watson has saved more marine lives than any other living environmentalist.The people who would like to see him imprisoned in Japan, are the same people who support whaling. Millions around the world support Sea Shepherd and the Captain because they are never going to give up stopping the poachers.

    • rightnow

      What a stupid statement. Not everyone who would like to see Watson answer the charges against him support whaling. There are plenty of law-abiding people that believe that Watson should face charges for his actions.

    • CrimsonCrown

      It’s not pro-whaling to be in favor of a bail jumper manning up and being responsible.

      Did Martin Luther King, Jr ever go and hide?

      Paul Watson is like a kid who likes throwing rocks at his neighbors’ windows. It’s fun until someone tells his mother. Now, he’s hiding, and complaining about being a victim. No acceptance of any responsibility whatsoever.

      • Joesolo

        I’m pretty sure Dr. king did hide out when people were trying to kill him.

  • fan_aLba

    They have never harmed or hurt a single person in all this, i support them more and more they stand up for what they believe in and take action.

  • Interpol has clarified it’s position; they’ve issued a Red Notice on paul watson. He is now officially an international fugitive. Before people start making accusations against Interpol, they issued the notice because he jumped bail and ran. He has no one else to blame but himself.


  • Pam

    I adore them all. Paul and his crew are very brave and caring people. Those other pricks kill innocent wildlife for the almighty dollar. If one of those asses get killed, karma ……asswipes.

  • Tricia Wiles
    • SeaShepsForever

      Sounds like someone likes to start petitions….

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