Paul Watson escapes from Germany (5 Comments)

Paul WatsonCosta Rican newspapers are reporting that Canadian environmentalist and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Captain Paul Watson has escaped from Germany. Watson is being held in Germany on extradition charges stemming from a 2002 incident off the Guatemalan coast. A German court placed Watson under house arrest while awaiting a decision regarding whether he would be extradited to Costa Rica to face charges of attempted shipwrecking.

If extradited, Watson faces a penalty of up to 15 years in prison for a crime that many witnessed as an act originally authorized by Costa Rican officials but later condemned. Documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart captured the entire event in the 2002 award-winning film Sharkwater Click here to see footage chronicling the event in question. The film shows Watson acting with the permission of the same authorities that now seek to jail him.

If the reports are true — they’re currently only being reported by Costa Rican paper — and Watson has really fled Germany, there may be new charges stemming from face violating the judge’s court order. The future of his popular show Whale Wars is unknown at this time. One thing is certain though; the statute of limitation on the charges from this incident will end in June 2013. If Costa Rica is to hold a trial for Watson it must happen within the next year.

For now, the question remains: where in the world is Paul Watson?

5 Responses to “Paul Watson escapes from Germany”

    1. Albert Yome July 24th, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I hope Paul is safe and well, wherever he is.

    1. Veronika July 28th, 2012 at 1:53 am

      I send my blessings to Paul and all, who are helping him. Hopefully he will remain safe until he needs to.
      My graceful thanx to him and all people, who are caring so much to put themselfs in such a great danger to save us all. I wish and pray that people who are hunting them as wel as the sharks will find the love and awareness within themselfs and stop the terrible behavior they think they need to carry on to make a living!
      I saw this movie on my flight from Hawaii just yesterday and I immediately included this issue into my healingwork. I will ask other healers to do the same!
      I wish everyone a lots of strenght and resources to keep up this work and thank especially Rob for waking us up with his movie!
      With love Veronika

    1. Tori August 28th, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Hope he is all good! Australia sends all our love

    1. Sara September 1st, 2012 at 11:10 am

      I hope Paul is safe! I’ll be praying for him!

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