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Whale Wars' Paul Watson on the run without passport

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Despite Whale Wars being between seasons, there is plenty of drama surrounding the Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson. Japan has entered the fray to win the prize of prosecuting him.

Unfortunately for fans of Animal Planet's Whale Wars there are no cameras filming Paul Watson's latest attempt to avoid extradition from Germany to Costa Rica where he faces ten-year old criminal charges. confirmed news that Paul Watson skipped out on his bail. His attorney alerted the organization about his flight. The background on Costa Rica's beef is summarized here.

"I received confirmation today from Germany’s General Public Prosecutor that Japan filed an extradition request against Paul Watson on July 19th,” said Oliver Wallasch, lead German Counsel for Captain Paul Watson.

Update: Watson rumored to be under protection of Ecuador as Interpol raises the stakes.

“Germany was proceeding with Captain Watson’s extradition to Costa Rica and, once there, there is no doubt he would have been delivered into Japanese custody,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director for Sea Shepherd. “Upon being extradited to Japan, he would not have received a fair trial and would never have seen the outside of a prison again,” she added.

No one has confirmed whether Costa Rica will defer to the Japanese desire to put an end to Paul Watson's adventures for good, but you can't beat this for a great guessing game.

Paul Watson had to forfeit the reported $300,000 bail posted for him and leave his passport behind. How many countries will help him slip through their borders without one? A day of protest was set up for July 20 to raise awareness about his plight, but jumping bail was not on the agenda until a few days later.

It all started according to Sea Shepherd when Watson learned of the last minute maneuver by Japan. The request went to Germany to allow the Japanese to negotiate with Costa Rica for rights to Watson. His flight came quickly thereafter.

For NBA fans, it smacks of trading activity between two teams when a third team gets involved to facilitate moving a top notch player to one of the others. In this negotiation no one else is going back to the one country that loses the chance to skewer Watson.

However, there is plenty of bluster coming from Sea Shepherd about replacing Capt. Watson and continuing the real whale wars in the Southern Pacific Ocean.

Administrative Director Susan Hartland has said as much in a statement on the organization's website. It won't stop the ships from attempting to thwart efforts to kill whales, despite Japan's protests that they are conducting scientific research.

Critics of Capt. Watson say that he has yet to face justice for attacks on the high seas and that he demonstrates cowardice for doing so. He should be willing to be jailed for his cause they argue.

With Sea Shepherd's assurance that the fight will go on with or without Paul Watson, his flight from Germany looks like it is more about his individual fight against what he considers an illegal prosecution, rather than about making Japan cease prohibited whaling activities.

Image: Wikimedia Commons/David w ng


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
And as I recall, the Ady Gil was literally dead in the water (on land, we'd call it parked). When the Japanese basically rammed this vehicle. They could have killed everyone on board. They got away with this crime. Where was the justice then? Paul would be a fool to let himself be held by Germany bound ultimately for Japan. I hope the Japanese choke on their whale meat.

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
Then your recall is off. The Ady Gil helmsman and the Ady Gil's electronic recorders show that they weren't literally dead in the water and that it accelerated forward just before the collision. The New Zealand investigation found these FACTS and found the Ady Gil was equally responsible for the collision. But don't let reality get in the way of your beliefs.

Submitted by Vincent Burke (not verified) on
The New Zealand government is as pathetic as the Germans...they grovel around the shirt tails of Japan for economic reasons...of course they wanted the whole Ady Gil thing to go away...the SM 2 captain steered into the AG with full intent, even if you want to believe Watson should face a kangaroo court in Costa Rica, you wont get anywhere denying the intent of that captain sinking the Ady Gil...I spent 3 weeks sailing with Pete Bethune directly after that incident and I know the facts...use some other argument to support your hatred for Paul Watson and the campaigns he leads against the illegal whalers in Antarctica.

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
I don't care if you are Peter Bethunes cojoined twin. The New Zealand Maritime investigators had the testimony of the crew of the Ady Gil. They also had the electronic recordings of the Ady Gil position and speed and the radar tracks from the relevant time. So unless Peter's own crew lied and some magic was used to alter the electric records, it is pretty hard to take your hearsay evidence from someone who also had ample reason to try and downplay any fault that might be laid at his feet. And just what illegal whalers in Antarctica are you ranting about. I only know of the Japanese whalers being there.

Submitted by denni (not verified) on
the only bias I see is your own manufactured one pretending as if you were given a copy of the ships logs and report findings. oh and this should help you how to EQUATE: illegal whalers=JAPANESE WHALERS. how's that for a crash course in linear algebra.

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
I am repeating the results of a neutral investigation by New Zealand. Investigatorsthat 'were given a copy of the ships logs', they were also given the electronic and radar records of the Ady Gil and they took signed statements from members of the Ady Gil's and Bob Barker's crews. And I didn't need to be given a copy of the report findings because they were published online for anybody with an interest to read. "illegal whalers=JAPANESE WHALERS. how's that for a crash course in linear algebra." It is a very, very poor crash course in linear algebra. But it goes right to the bias issue again. Maybe you could give us all a crash course in the law and explain just what laws the Japanese whalers are breaking.

Submitted by Benson (not verified) on
To add to this, they weren't given the transponders from the Ady, the transponders were found washed up on shore after the SS threw them overboard because, surprise surprise, they knew they did wrong. SS supporters are just deluded teenagers and hipsters. They see what they want, ignore the rest and anyone that was once on their side (aka New Zealand, Pete Bethune) are shoved overboard as quickly as possible.

Submitted by denni (not verified) on
the only bias I see is your own manufactured one pretending as if you were given a copy of the ships logs and report findings. oh and this should help you how to EQUATE: illegal whalers=JAPANESE WHALERS. how's that for a crash course in linear algebra.

Submitted by Vincent Burke (not verified) on
OK, wiseguy, you were there and YOU know the 'facts'...the great thing about people like you is that you spend all summer on the couch with a laptop working furiously while we actually stop the whalers killing in Antarctica...ship to ship... you minority types are pretty much irrelevant because SSCS will be on the fleet this summer and there is nothing you can do about it.

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
To bad you don't have the ability to read and understand English. I have plainly indicate I wasn't there. But the people who were there gave statements and they don't agree with YOU who also wasn't there. It is sad that people who claim to be morally and ethically superior have so much trouble dealing with the truth and fall back on personal attacks. Sad but not at all unusual.


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