September 17th, 2012 – INTERPOL issued a red alert for the international arrest of Paul Watson, representative for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson is wanted by the Japanese on charges related to a series of incidents that occurred in the Antarctic Ocean in 2010 between Watson and a Japanese whaling vessel.
The red alert against the 61-year-old environmentalist has been sent to the 190 INTERPOL member countries. The INTERPOL official website states that this alert is in addition to “Costa Rica’s request on August 7th, related to different events and offenses.”
Watson, who is Canadian, was arrested in the Frankfort airport in Germany on May 13th, and was freed one week later, after posting bail of 250,000. The Canadian was to check-in at the Frankfort police station on a daily basis. However, on July 23rd, he fled from Germany.
Days after the escape, the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry confirmed that it had delivered an extradition request to Germany for the transfer of Watson to Costa Rica to face charges here.
In Costa Rica, Watson is accused of “causing danger to a ship and causing an aerial disaster” after an incident with the Costa Rican ship Varadero 1. The events occurred in 2002, when the Varadero 1 suffered a mechanical problem, causing it to enter Guatemalan waters, where Watson confronted it, and is accused of placing the ship in danger.