Time is Running Out for Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd

It seems that Captain Paul Watson may have had a little luck on Wednesday with a late decision from the german general public prosecutor at 18:00 and a bank holiday on thursday, today, FRIDAY, his fate will be solidified!

The general public prosecutor finally submitted his motion for a preliminary extradition arrest warrant against Captain Paul Watson.  The late filing of this motion, coupled with a German bank holiday on Thursday, has given us until today, Friday to appeal to German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Guido Westerwelle’s standards for International Human Rights.

The German Federal Minister of Justice and The Minister of Foreign Affairs both have the authority to STOP the extradition process on the grounds of POLITICAL REASONS.

Please visit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for the latest update;

http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/05/17/german-prosecutors-late-motion-gives-german-ministers-more-time-to-free-captain-paul-watson-1378

If you have already been in contact with Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Dr. Guido Westerwelle, please do so again, for our hero and champion of the oceans – Paul Watson.

Please be polite and factual in your communications, your telephone calls, your fax and emails;

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Federal Minister of Justice

Deutscher Bundestag
Platz der Republik
11011 Berlin

Telephone 030 – 227 751 62
Fax 030 – 227 764 02
E-Mail: sabine.leutheusser-schnarrenberger@bundestag.de

Federal Ministry of Justice
Mohrenstrasse
37
10117 Berlin
Germany

Telephone: +49 (030) 18 580-0
Telefax: +49 (030) 18 580-9525

Dr. Guido WesterwelleMinister of Foreign Affairs
FDP-Bundestagsfraktion
Platz der Republik 1
11011
Berlin

Tel.: 030 / 22771636
Fax: 030 / 22776562
E-Mail: guido.westerwelle@bundestag.de

You may want to mention that this arrest warrant is politically motivated and Paul Watson’s life will be at risk if he is extradited to Costa Rica.

I am concerned to learn that The Taiwanese Shark Fin Mafia has had a $20,000 bounty on his head for years. If Paul Watson is extradited, he will be incarcerated and he probably will not survive long enough to have his day in court. He could be kept in prison for a year waiting for a trial. Then if he survived he would not receive a fair trial.

This is my latest email:-

Dear Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,

I am contacting you regarding Captain Paul Watson.

The general public prosecutor submitted his motion for a preliminary extradition arrest warrant against Captain Paul Watson this Wednesday the 16th of May 2012.

It is my understanding that the public prosecutor stated that the German Ministry of Justice and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have the power to stop the extradition procedure for political reasons.

I would like to think that you are fully aware of the case, it has indeed been high-profile in the media world-wide all week.

I would like to highlight a few facts;

The warrant for Captain Watson’s arrest was issued in Costa Rica in October of 2011, curiously close to the time that the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) filed their civil suit against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the United States.The question remains, what prompted Costa Rica to issue an arrest warrant for Captain Watson in October of 2011?

The warrant relates to an incident in 2002, whilst Captain Watson was acting in good faith after taking advice from the authorities. The timeline and events that this warrant relates to have been captured and feature in the award-winning film “Sharkwater”.

Should Captain Watson be extradited to Costa Rica, he will certainly not receive a fair trial and his safety cannot be guaranteed. The Taiwanese Shark Finning Mafia, which operates illegally in Costa Rica, could try to harm Captain Watson. They have had a bounty on his head for $20,000.00 for years and this reality has him fearing for his life.

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.

Please I urge you to consider Paul Watson’s case and NOT GRANT AN EXTRADITION ORDER on POLITICAL GROUNDS.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this email.

Yours sincerely,

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Please take action NOW to save our Captain!

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