November 20th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s judiciary press office confirmed this week that the country still has an active international arrest warrant for fugitive eco-activist, Paul Watson.
Watson had recently claimed that he was no longer being sought by Costa Rica, in statements made on social networks.
Officials stated that Costa Rica has recently requested Watson’s extradition from the United States, but refused to elaborate further.
The 62-year-old captain arrived in the United States on October 28th after 15 months spent on the run at sea.
Watson was arrested in May last year 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.
He was released on bail after paying a fine, and was ordered to appear before police twice a day. But he skipped bail on July 22, 2012 and fled Germany.
The following month, France-based Interpol issued an international request for his arrest.
Watson is wanted by Costa Rica for allegedly endangering the Costa Rican vessel, Varadero 1.
Mabel Oporta, who heads Sea Shepard’s recently opened Costa Rican branch, expressed her dissatisfaction with the government’s insistence to prosecute Watson.