Interpol Issues Notice for Arrest of Sea Shepherd Founder
Lyon, France. Interpol said Wednesday it had issued an international Red Notice for the arrest of Paul Watson, the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, after he failed to meet bail conditions in Germany.
Watson was arrested in May in Frankfurt on a warrant from Costa Rica, where he is wanted on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002.
“Following confirmation from German authorities that Paul Watson had failed to satisfy the bail conditions established by the German courts and had fled the country, Costa Rican authorities renewed their request . . . to issue a Red Notice seeking his detention or arrest with a view to extradition,” Interpol said in a statement.
“Based on Mr. Watson’s failure to satisfy the bail conditions set by the German court, and the additional information provided by Costa Rica concerning the underlying charges, it was concluded that a Red Notice could be issued,” he said.
Lyon-based Interpol does not have the power to issue international arrest warrants, but can request member countries make arrests based on foreign warrants.
Watson was detained in Germany for a week in May before being released on bail after paying 250,000 euros ($310,000) and being ordered to appear before police twice a day. But he skipped bail on July 22 and fled the country.
Watson, a 61-year-old Canadian known to his supporters as “The Captain,” is a veteran campaigner whose Sea Shepherd organization is known for its muscular attacks on Japanese whalers