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Sea Shepherd's Watson arrested in Germany
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says its Canadian leader has been arrested in Germany.
Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt over the weekend and will be extradited to Costa Rica on an outstanding arrest warrant, the controversial group said in a statement issued Sunday.
The arrest warrant stems from a 2002 incident involving a Costa Rican vessel illegally hunting for shark fins in Guatemalan waters, the release said.
The group says that while the Sea Shepherd boat was escorting the Costa Rican vessel back to port, a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the group's crew.
According to the statement posted on the group's website, the crew of the Costa Rican vessel accused the Sea Shepherd crew of trying to kill them, "while the video evidence proves this to be a fallacy."
The group said their ship later encountered a Costa Rican gunboat, whose crew has accused Watson of attempted murder.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, formed in 1977, has a controversial history. The group's vessels confront the Japanese fleet each year, trying to block them from harpooning whales. The group's tactics have drawn praise from supporters and vehement attacks from critics.
About time. :nod: