From Magic City Morning Star|
In Frankfurt, Germany's general Public Prosecutor to the Higher Regional Court requested a preliminary extradition arrest warrant against Captain Paul Watson, on the basis of the local arrest warrant and request for extradition from Costa Rica. In a highly unusual move, the Public Prosecutor stated that the German Ministry of Justice and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have the power to stop the extradition procedures on political grounds. If the German Ministry of Justice and/or the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs give notice that they would not grant an extradition of Paul Watson to Costa Rica the case would be over, and Captain Watson would be set free immediately. We have asked our supporters to continue to appeal the German Ministry of Justice for help.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society representatives were able to visit Captain Watson in the Frankfurt Prison this morning and they were able to record the following statement from Captain Watson:
Captain Watson has travelled extensively throughout the world since the Costa Rican government issued this arrest warrant in October 2011. He has been to Australia, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, etc. None of these countries have sought to arrest Captain Watson as Germany has done.
Should Captain Watson be extradited to Costa Rica, he will certainly not receive a fair trial and his safety cannot be guaranteed. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is doing everything it can to provide Captain Watson with the best legal defense team possible. Between the illegal Japanese whalers and the shark finning mafia in Costa Rica, Captain Watson has formidable enemies who seek to stop his efforts to defend marine life.
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