Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson arrested in Germany
FRANKFURT — A controversial environment group dedicated to protecting marine mammals says its Canadian leader has been arrested in Germany.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt over the weekend and will be extradited to Costa Rica on an outstanding arrest warrant.
The Sea Shepherd says in a statement that the arrest warrant stems from a 2002 incident involving a Costa Rican vessel illegally hunting for shark fins in Guatemalan waters.
On Twitter late Sunday, Watson tweeted: “I am currently being held in Frankfurt on charges from Costa Rica. Court appearance in the morning.”
The group says while the Sea Shepherd boat was escorting the Costa Rican vessel back to port, a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the group’s crew.