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Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson Arrested in Frankfurt, Germany
May 14, 2012
Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson arrested
THE leader of controversial environment group Sea Shepherd has been arrested on what is believed to be an attempted murder charge.
Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Germany over the weekend and will be extradited to Costa Rica on an outstanding arrest warrant from an incident which occurred in 2002.
In a statement Sea Shepherd
said the arrest was related to a "violation of ships traffic" incident and involved a Costa Rican vessel called the Varadero in Guatemalan waters illegally hunting for shark fins.
The group says Mr Watson and his ship intercepted the Varadero on the orders of the Guatemalan Government but later encountered a Costa Rican gun boat, the crew of which has accused Mr Watson of attempted murder.
The statement said video evidence proved the claims were untrue.
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"Captain Paul Watson was arrested today at Frankfurt airport on a warrant
for his arrest for his intervention for the sharks campaign in 2005 in Costa
Rica (in the documentary Sharkwater campaign)."