Please sign the petitions, send mails and share at facebook to help to free Captain Paul Watson! He is helping the oceans for many years, now he needs our help!
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.
Please contact: (Please be respectful in your communications)
Federal Minister of Justice
Platz der Republik
Telephone 0049 30 227 751 62
Fax 0049 30 227 764 02
Please comment on her facebookside: https://www.facebook.com/BMJustiz
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
Please comment on his facebookside: http://www.facebook.com/westerwelle?ref=ts
Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck:
thank you tricia for all you've been contributing to this effort via email and donations!
and i appreciate your keeping me informed via our exchange yesterday.
this one's lille mango doing! she set up the thread, did the research and has been asking people to join this initiative! it's great to have people like her on the ar team!
we'll see how it turns out soon.
thank you for sharing the video, prad!
and thank you george for providing the link to the other petition!
here is a good article in huffington post:
I guess it is some sort of badge of courage that world governments and populations take an interest in you, but one would hope they do so for similar reasons. This is not the case in Frankfurt, Germany at the moment.
While people around the world revere Captain Paul Watson for the stands he takes to save whales, as featured on the popular Animal Planet series Whale Wars, the German government has him under arrest for a 2005 complaint for the very actions millions cheer for each week. I hear the arresting officers were fans of the series, which was recently released there.
As I understand it, Paul Watson was arrested on an Interpol warrant for a complaint from Costa Rican fishermen for a collision at sea. Watson claims the fishermen were illegally poaching shark, and he intervened. The incident in question was caught on video by the crew filming Sharkwater, a feature length documentary film originally released in Canada in 2007. I have not seen the film, but understand the original arrest was featured and no one was injured nor was there any property damage.
Sea Shepherd has a past history of favorable actions in Costa Rica. In addition to Sharkwater, my film, Confessions of an Eco-terrorist documents Watson and his crew chasing illegal poachers out of the Cocos Island, a Costa Rican national park since 1978. This was something the local authorities had not been able to do by themselves for years.
Again, no one was injured.
Who cares, and why arrest him now? Have Watson's actions against Japanese whalers finally hit home? Is it finally getting to the Japanese? Australians? Americans? Governments will only put up with rebellion for so long and perhaps Watson has finally pushed them too far? Perhaps it's not a coincidence that the extradition request by Costa Rica was issued the same month (October 2011) as the Japanese lawsuit against Sea Shepherd was initiated.
Let's face it, governments, in general are guilty as hell of double-talk pretty much all of the time.
We Americans oppose whaling and we have laws against it. Why then does our government, as "green" as they appear, sign waivers to allow the Japanese to kill whales every year? The Australian people oppose whaling yet their government does nothing to stop the Japanese from reaping their slaughter within their economic zone. Why? Quite simply: money.
Let's hope the German government is wise enough to see through this harassment and release Captain Watson. I understand he was on his way to Cannes, the film festival, obviously on a covert mission to save the earth. He is no danger to anyone except those profiting from the death of our planet. It is better off for all of us that Captain Watson is released and allowed his freedom of travel.
The Danish Faeroe Islands are killing whales, the Japanese will continue to take whales in a sanctuary, and Germany holds Watson in jail for bumping a ship flagged to Costa Rica?
Do I understand this right?
I support law enforcement in some cases, but this is ridiculous. Let the man go free. Let him get back to his business of saving our oceans. Unless you are a whaler, you have to agree. We need whales in order to survive, and I come down with those who believe we don't need so many illegal fishermen, no matter where they come from. I will watch the proceedings in Germany, and others should too. We cannot let legal harassment such as this sidetrack our focus.
Let's quit screwing around and free Watson. Believe me, future generations will appreciate it.
Interpol clarified that they are not seeking the arrest of Paul Watson:
He is travelling around the world and no country did arrest him, I hope Germany awakes soon and dont help the political or financial interest of the shark finning industry in Costa Rica!
Please all of you write emails and comment on the facebook sites, you don t have to "like" those sites, you will be able to comment on every theme they have on the site and there are already many comments on Paul Watson.
Thank you all!
I hope Germany awakes soon and dont help the political or financial interest of the shark finning industry in Costa Rica!
ya there's a lot of back scratching going on i'm sure!
The voices for the voiceless should not not be detained !
it's really weird, rz.
humans have fought for centuries to overthrow the feudal system and notions of divine right, just to come to a point where they hand themselves over to business interests.
not only does business kill countless animals, it forms the 'ethical' foundation for killing countless humans as well.
and people fall for supporting these things with utter blindness to what is happening around them.
paul (and others) has spent most of his life fighting this garbage which is produced solely because of a consumer body which keeps saying 'yes' when it should be shouting 'never'!
Well said prad, there is so many people out there just dumbed down by the system, blinded and oblivious to what is happening around them.
Press conference on Paul Watsons arrest:
this information available thanks to frut_ariana here:
where she has a key update copied below:
Sea Shepherd expected news on the fate of Captain Paul Watson to be announced yesterday by the German Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt but as hours passed on, no word was received from the general public prosecutor until close of business hours. At 1800 hrs, the general public prosecutor finally submitted his motion for a preliminary extradition arrest warrant against Captain Paul Watson. The late filing of this motion, coupled with a German bank holiday today, has given Captain Paul Watson’s supporters and allies until this Friday to appeal to German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Guido Westerwelle’s standards for International Human Rights.
Lead legal counsel for Captain Paul Watson, Oliver Wallasch, had this to say about the general public prosecutor’s motion on Wednesday:
“Absolutely unusual – I never had this experience in all my practice in cross border cases – the fact that the public prosecutor stated, that the German Ministry of Justice and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have the power to stop the extradition procedure on political reasons.”
Thus the keys to Captain Paul Watson’s freedom are in the hands of the Honorable Minister of Justice and the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs. We therefore ask all supporters of Captain Paul Watson to immediately contact the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to ask them to end the unjust and politically-motivated extradition of Captain Paul Watson before a panel of judges decides Captain Paul Watson’s fate on Friday.
For days, Sea Shepherd supporters from Germany and around the world have expressed their concerns about the political nature of this extradition, as well as their concern for the safety of Captain Paul Watson, to Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. Given the motion made by the general public prosecutor, it is now time to also focus attention on Minster of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle. Either Minister (or both Ministers) can take the action that Interpol has already taken and acknowledge that the case against Captain Paul Watson is politically-motivated and is a violation of Captain Paul Watson’s human rights.
Should the Honorable Ministers fail to put the brakes on the persecution of Captain Paul Watson, the extradition process will proceed and Costa Rica will have a maximum of 90 days, from the time that he was arrested, to put forward their bogus case for extradition. During this time, Captain Paul Watson would remain isolated in prison, awaiting an extradition that would be tantamount to a death sentence.
The Taiwanese Shark Fin Mafia has had a $20,000 bounty on his head for years. We know the arm of the Taiwanese Shark Finning Mafia reaches not just to the illegal fishing industry in Costa Rica, but also to the prison system there. Sea Shepherd fears that not only would Captain Paul Watson not receive a fair trial in Costa Rica, but he would likely not survive jail long enough to see the inside of a court room.
This is our final effort to ask the Honorable Ministers to intervene before the extradition process officially begins. We only have hours to change the minds of the German officials who can make a difference and not only save the life of Captain Paul Watson, but also save the lives of whales, dolphins, seals, and fish that he has spent his life courageously defending.
While visiting Captain Paul Watson in prison, Ship Operations Officer, Peter Hammarstedt and Director of Intelligence and Investigations, Scott West were able to obtain a handwritten note from Captain Paul Watson to his supporters, which you can read at the bottom of this article.
Please call, email, and fax the following Ministers:
Federal Minister of Justice
Platz der Republik
Telephone 030 - 227 751 62
Fax 030 - 227 764 02
Federal Ministry of Justice
37 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (030) 18 580-0
Telefax: +49 (030) 18 580-9525
Dr. Guido Westerwelle - Minister of Foreign Affairs
Platz der Republik 1 11011
Tel.: 030 / 22771636
Fax: 030 / 22776562
Handwritten note from Captain Paul Watson
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