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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 Vincent Burke (not verified) on
Glad to see that there are people like you Dale that have an incredible insight into issues of International justice in these get back to producing that PhD thesis you are working on...

Submitted by pasplund (not verified) on
LOL, Very Clever my friend, Kudos!

Submitted by Jimmy Jameson (not verified) on
Remember that time Paul got "shot" by the Japanese Whalers. He has always lied about stuff to get on the news. I don't support Whaling, but Watson has proven to be a complete Jagaloon. He cares more about himself/publicity than he does about the Whales. He never risks his own skin, he gets other people to do it for him. The other thing I have a problem with is when they have people board the Japanese boats. Then they try to get the Australian government to stop the boat. The Japanese should tie them up and throw them overboard. They maybe they would learn their lesson.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sea shepperds should be looking for a replacement for Watson instead of wasting resources hiding him. The problem is nobody wants to go to jail, sure they say they'll die for the whales, but when it comes down to it they always cower and say "we didn't sign upfor this". The problem with the sea shepperds is they worship Watson more than they love whales and are unable to move on without him. In his current situation Watson is a burden to the cause sucking resources away from the real issue.... the whales his followers claim to love so much. So instead of hiding Watson should make himself a mardyr for the whales he claims to be protecting.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Outside of his gullible crew nobody believed that stunt. That's why it never got any media attention. It was just another failed sea shepperd tactic.

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
I couldn't agree more. There was a little media attention when it first happened but it quickly died out. So then we saw some senior SSCS members and celebs make YouTube videos and give interviews. This didn't generate much media either. So then Watson himself gave some interviews and proposed his "Japan paid off Costa Rice to bring the charges". Again a little media but it died within a day or two. So finally Watson ran out on his bail, gave interviews, blamed it all on some worldwide Japanese conspiracy. And still very little attention.

Submitted by Mark Byfield (not verified) on
This article is poorly researched and only cherry-picks 'facts' to support its aim to stir up trouble. Capt. Paul Watson has always maintained his vision for over three decades and this little kerfuffle will eventually blow itself out. It is a shame that there are a few vocal couch warriors willing to believe all this juvenile hype, but that, and a gullible readership, is what sells the news as most of us know.

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
And Paul Watson has been living of those couch warriors and their gullibilty for years.

Submitted by Mark Byfield (not verified) on
Warning, Trolls - this subject matter is beyond your academic abilities !!

Submitted by Leonard Greene (not verified) on
Yes, you do smell like a troll. So maybe you should go somewhere appropriate for your academic abilities. I hear Sesame Street has a fun website.


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