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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. With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica.
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Federal Minister of Justice
Platz der Republik
Telephone 0049 30 227 751 62
Fax 0049 30 227 764 02
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Federal Ministry of Justice
10117 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 18 580-0
Telefax: +49 30 18 580-9525
Dr. Guido Westerwelle
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Platz der Republik 1
Tel.: 0049 30 22771636
Fax: 0049 30 22776562
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Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck:
What a shame something like this can happen in 2012..
Epic fail of governments and state-ism..
Here's a vid that nicely explains our broken system:
The quietness of all german politicans worries me a lot.
Thats what Paul Watson is writing today:
German Greens Wherefore Arte Thou?
From Captain Paul Watson
I have been wondering why there has not been a statement or even a word from the Green Party of Germany about my case. The Green Party in Germany represents 10% of the German people. They could help secure my release but they have chosen to say absolutely nothing.
We have the support of the Green Party in other nations like New Zealand, Australia, Canada ,etc. but not where it now matters most, in Germany.
I was a founding member of the Green Party of Canada and ran for Member of Parliament for the Greens in Vancouver Center twice. I was also the Green Party candidate for Mayor of Vancouver in 1996. I was the only Sierra Club national Board member in the United States to support Ralph Nader despite the heavy criticism it brought to me. I even once helped to host the visit of Petra Kelly of the German Green to Vancouver in 1986.
Thus it has been a mystery as to why the Green Party of Germany has been so quiet and so distant about my case here in Germany.
So I made some inquiries and what I have been told is very disappointing. Greenpeace Germany apparently has made it quite clear to the Green Party of Germany that they should not support my case. Greenpeace also will say nothing in my support despite my being a cofounder of the Greenpeace Foundation.
Apparently Greenpeace sees this as a opportunity to get rid of me. Now I`m not surprised that this is their position but I am surprised that the Green Party of Germany would concur.
I am grateful for the incredible support that I am getting from the German people and from people all around the world. In the end that is what is most important. I know I am not popular with government and large organizations. I tend to be ecologically correct instead of politically correct and I say and do many things that make many people angry.
However it would have been nice to have received support from a political movement that I have supported since it began.
To the Green Party of Australia, New Zealand and Canada I wish to say how much I appreciate your strong efforts on my behalf.
To the Green Party of Germany I can only say, where are you?
greenpeace is generally an irritation, but it is ridiculous that they've been able to strongarm the green party. guess that's politics for you.
Another well written article from Paul Watson:
I remain a prisoner in Germany in a case that has become highly unusual, controversial and international.
On May 13th, 2012, I was arrested at Frankfurt airport in Germany because in October 2011, Costa Rica issued an order for my arrest and extradition for an incident that had taken place in 2002.
That incident involved a confrontation between the Sea Shepherd crew and a poaching vessel that we caught finning sharks in Guatemalan waters. We were given permission to intervene to stop the killing of the sharks by the Guatemalan government. No one was injured and there was no property damage but the Costa Rican poachers accused us of endangering their lives.
And 10 years later I found myself arrested in Germany because of this complaint.
Even more strange is that I had traveled extensively between October 2011 and the present, including trips to Europe and had not been arrested. That was because Interpol had dismissed the extradition warrant as being politically motivated. But for reasons unexplained Germany had not dismissed the warrant despite Interpol `s dismissal.
Germany does not have an extradition treaty with Costa Rica but insists they can extradite to Costa Rica if they decide to so.
Is it a coincidence that Japan launched a civil lawsuit against Sea Shepherd in October 2011 when they were granted $30 million U.S. dollars from the Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund to be used to protect the Japanese whaling fleet from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society?
Is it a coincidence that Costa Rican President Chinchilla paid a visit to the Prime Minister of Japan in December 2011?
It is a coincidence that President Chinchilla visited Germany ten days after my arrest because she had no way of knowing I would be arrested and my arrest actually caused her problems and distractions she would have rather not had during her visit to Germany.
It was unusual that I was granted bail in a country that does not provide for the possibility of a bond for prisoners held for extradition.
It was unusual that the Costa Rican Foreign Minister requested a meeting with me during his visit to Germany with the President of Costa Rica.
It was unusual that the President of Costa Rica publicly made a statement that I would get a fair trial in Costa Rica. This statement alone implies that there were reasons to suspect that I would not get a fair trial in Costa Rica.
I believe that if given the opportunity to present our documentation, evidence and witnesses in a Costa Rican court that I would be found not guilty.
I told the Costa Rican Foreign Minster that I would return to Costa Rica voluntarily with my defense team if a trial date was set but I felt it was unfair to imprison me in Costa Rica until a trial date is set because that could take months or even years.
I also told the Costa Rican Foreign Minister that Sea Shepherd wants to work with Costa Rica to protect sharks and to protect the Cocos Island National Park Marine Reserve.
I don`t think that Germany or Costa Rica anticipated the international response of support for my position. Dozens of demonstrations around the world before German Embassies, 400 demonstrators in Berlin to greet the Costa Rican President, a statement from the President of the Brazilian Senate calling for my release, statements from celebrities worldwide, support from the European Parliament, threats to boycott tourism to Costa Rica.
Our legal team has filed a motion to dismiss the charges based on errors in the warrant.
If the motion is not granted, Costa Rica has 90 days to provide the file to the German authorities requesting extradition.
So I could be free to leave Germany in a few days, a few weeks or three months or if we lose the case then I would be forcefully extradited to Costa Rica OR if I lose the case, the German government can intervene politically to prevent the extradition.
All and all it seems like a great deal of effort to go to because a couple of shark finning fishermen who were not hurt nor had their property damaged had made a complaint.
Meanwhile nothing ever happened to the Captain of the Shonan Maru 2 for destroying the 1.5 million dollar Ady Gil and almost killing 8 people and injuring one of them. There is no extradition order for him, no arrest warrant – nothing!
Because the law is there to protect those who profit from exploiting the oceans and not for those who work to protect the oceans.
Whatever happens, there is one undeniably positive outcome of this entire incident and that is that worldwide attention is being focused on shark finning and the horrific massacre of tens of millions of sharks every year and for what?
For a bowl of soup!
So should we still be signing petitions and sending more emails?
The world wide support so far has been wonderful!
Good ol' 007 still raising hell...!
Paul will be released and this madness has got to stop...!
Paul Watson needs your helP: This is what he wrote today:
COSTA RICA SEEKS TO UPHOLD “JUSTICE” FOR SHARK FINNERS
Today begins my second month of detainment in Germany at the demand of the government of Costa Rica. A month that has taken me away from the sea, from opposing shark poachers, outlaw whalers and sealers and dolphin killers.
Although I was imprisoned for only eight days in a maximum security prison in Frankfurt, I am still a prisoner in Germany. My passports have been confiscated, I must report to the police station each day and I am unable to leave to borders of Germany. Failure to abide by the restrictions will result in the loss of a 250,000 Euro bond and my re-arrest and imprisonment. Why? Because a couple of Costa Rican shark poachers made a complaint a decade ago. It is a very bizarre situation. I was arrested in Germany on May 13th 2012, because a couple of shark finning poachers made a claim that they felt their life was endangered when we intervened against their illegal shark finning operations in Guatemalan waters.
We documented their crimes and we were given permission to shut their operations down by the government of Guatemala. No one was injured and there was no property damage. The poachers were never charged with illegal fishing despite the hours of documentation we took of their illegal activities. The poachers have no documentation to back up their claims against me. But in the eyes of Costa Rica they are “honourable” men making an “honourable” living slicing the fins off sharks and tossing their bodies back alive into the sea to slowly drown. Yet when any persons have attempted to investigate illegal shark finning in Costa Rica and have been physically assaulted by fishermen, there have not been any charges including when celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was held at gunpoint and doused with gasoline. Not a single charge has ever been laid against the shark killers for assault, intimidation or extortion. These fishermen are demanding $250,000 from me to drop the charges. This is extortion. They claim they are poor fishermen yet at $70 a kilo for shark fins and with some 30 plus tons of shark fins shipped out of Costa Rica each year, I highly suspect that they are as poor as they claim. There is no way I would pay shark murdering poachers trying to extort me just to drop charges against me.
I have offered to come voluntarily to Costa Rice if they set a trail date. They have refused my offer. They want me brought to Costa Rica in handcuffs by police to be locked up for months until a trial date is set, possibly for a year. They want me removed for as long as possible from the sea. The warrant for my arrest was dismissed by Interpol because it was politically motivated. Germany however acted upon it where all other European nations had dismissed it from their system. No explanation has been given for that. The warrant issued by Costa Rica is illegal because Costa Rica never once notified me that I was wanted in Costa Rica for any charges. An extradition order is issued when a person has been notified to appear and then does not appear. I was never notified and thus never had an opportunity to appear.
The unanswered question is why is Germany, an ecologically aware progressive nation supporting an extradition demand by Costa Rica based on the word of a couple of shark poachers against the fact that the entire incident was documented on film for the movie Sharkwater and clearly shows that the allegations by the shark poachers are blatant lies? The Costa Rican courts have seen this film. Why is Germany proceeding with an extradition warrant that was dismissed by Interpol?
The German Minister of Justice has the power to dismiss this warrant. She has the power to release me and to allow me to return to sea to continue our campaigns to protect the whales, sharks, seals and fish of our imperiled oceans. You can help me and our work to protect the sharks and the whales by sending a message to: Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger Federal Minister of Justice
Deutscher BundestagPlatz der Republik
Telephone 030 - 227 751 62
Fax 030 - 227 764 02
You can also leave a polite message on her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BMJustiz
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Why is Germany, an ecologically aware progressive nation supporting an extradition demand by Costa Rica based on the word of a couple of shark poachers against the fact that the entire incident was documented on film for the movie Sharkwater and clearly shows that the allegations by the shark poachers are blatant lies? The Costa Rican courts have seen this film. Why is Germany proceeding with an extradition warrant that was dismissed by Interpol?
You have the power to release Captain Paul Watson and to allow him to return to sea to continue to protect the whales, sharks, seals and fish of our imperiled oceans. You can help.
watson escapes germany:
July 25, 2012
Sea Shepherd Has Learned Japan May Also Be Seeking To Extradite Watson
After three days of speculation surrounding his whereabouts, German legal counsel for Captain Paul Watson has confirmed the marine conservationist has departed Germany and is in an undisclosed location.
“Captain Watson’s attorney reports he has left Germany,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director of Sea Shepherd. We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese Government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. We have no further information and are not in touch with him. We will do our best to provide more details as we learn more. We will post any new information as it arrives and we are able to confirm its validity."
Captain Watson had been detained in Germany for 70 days despite thousands of letters of support sent to the German Ministry of Justice from the public, celebrities, politicians and other luminaries arguing for his release. He was arrested in Frankfurt on May 13th on a 10-year-old warrant from Costa Rica while en route to Cannes, France. He was being detained in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for an alleged “violation of ships’ traffic,” which occurred during the 2002 filming of the award-winning documentary, “Sharkwater.” The specific incident took place on the high seas in Guatemalan waters, when Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark-finning operation run by Costa Rican vessel, the Varadero. On order of Guatemalan authorities, Sea Shepherd instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their shark-finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted. While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew. To avoid the Guatemalan gunboat, Sea Shepherd then set sail for Costa Rica, where the crew uncovered even more illegal shark-finning activities in the form of dried shark fins by the thousands on the roofs of industrial buildings.
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this from sscs via activist sue hirsch:
A lot is going on at Sea Shepherd! We have multiple campaigns running right now, and we are gearing up for this year's Cove Guardian Campaign and Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign. In addition, Captain Watson is in an undisclosed location to assure his safety from the corruption from Japan and Costa Rica being facilitated by Germany. We have more on this below, but we want to assure you that, regardless of what you see in other media reports, there are no new warrants out for Captain Watson's arrest as a result of his departure from Germany. He did forfeit his bail and leave Germany, but this is not illegal in that country and German officials are not searching for him.
Thanks for this update. :)