Monday, September 17, 2012

Sea Shepherd founder and former environmentalist arrested on charges related to Costa Rica, shark fin operation

A longtime activist against the whaling was arrested in Germany on charges related to an incident in 2002 when he piloted the boat tried to stop poachers killed illegally sharks.

environmental organization Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson said that he was arrested at Frankfurt airport to meet an order of extradition Costa Rica "vessel traffic violation."

The incident took place in the waters of Guatemala ten years ago when Watson ship, the Farley Mowat, met a shark finning illegal operation run by a ship of Costa Rica, Varadero. Crew Varadero Watson accused of trying to ram their boat and Watson was accused by the authorities of Costa Rica, with attempted murder.


charges were dismissed later when a video of the incident filmed by a documentary crew showed that the prosecutor of Costa Rica. However, charges were re-examined by a newly appointed attorney.

created by Watson in Malibu, California, Sea Shepherd - who has had a series of media celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan and Martin Sheen - has participated in numerous actions against the whaling of waters and international environment.

Sea Shepherd said Watson was assisted by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the Greens / European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, José Bové, a member of the group.

"With the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica would be a mockery to them, not to defend the Sharks, who sit in the highest levels of the food chain, ensuring a balance between ecological communities the ocean, "Sea Shepherd said.

"Paul was very touched by the concern on Facebook and Twitter and it is very encouraging."

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