A really sort of strangely-timed turn in tale of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson getting arrested in Germany on a Costa Rican warrant, stemming from an incident dating back to 2002.
Watson should be released on bail today. Though I'm not as convinced as Sea Shepherd that it was solely "the unmistakable result of the thousands of letters, emails, faxes, and phone calls that were sent out this week." Even if granting bail to a non-German citizen in this sort of case is unusual, so is giving the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs the ability to just say no and block the extradition, as Watson's attorney points out.
The whole thing is unusual, including the timing of the arrest.
Adding to that unusualness is the fact that the Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla left for a European tour over the weekend, with, you guessed it, stops in Germany.
Back at home, the elements of the Chinchilla administration have distanced themselves from the prosecution, in the sense that various ministers have said they can't interfere with the justice system; that's another branch of government.
As you might expect, Sea Shepherd will be protesting Chinchilla's visit.
We are calling for a Global Day of Action on Wednesday May 23rd. On this day the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will be visiting German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin. Wednesday May 23rd is S.O.S. Day – Save Our Skipper!
All around the world, Sea Shepherds will be making our voices heard at German embassies and consulates between 1100 and 1300 hours (local time). Organize or join the cacophony of voices at the closest German embassy or consulate and demand Captain Paul Watson’s freedom. We are confident that through your participation Germany will not carry out an extradition that would be the same as carrying out a death sentence. Captain Paul Watson’s enemies within the shark fin mafia are capable of reaching inside the prisons of Costa Rica. If extradited to Costa Rica, it is unlikely Captain Paul Watson would live to see the inside of a Costa Rican courthouse.
There is no location more important to assemble than where President Chinchilla will begin her head of state visit in Berlin. This meeting will open with full military honors 11:00 am at Schloss Bellevue. Rally to Captain Paul Watson’s side when he personally makes his stand at Schloss Bellevue. Specific details will be forthcoming here and on the Sea Shepherd Germany website.
We ask that Captain Paul Watson’s supporters continue to be respectful in their messaging. We are confident that with your help the President of Costa Rica, the German Chancellor, and Honorable Ministers of Germany will safeguard Captain Paul Watson’s human rights by not bowing to bogus accusations of shark fin poachers who are nothing more than common criminal.