Paul Watson skips bail in Germany

The Guardian, July 26, 2012

The controversial anti-whaling campaigner Paul Watson has skipped bail in Germany.

The founder of the militant Sea Shepherd Conservation Society failed to check in with the authorities on Sunday, which was a condition of his release in May.

The higher regional court in Frankfurt announced on Wednesday that it had been told by Watson’s lawyer that he had left Germany for an “unspecified destination.”

The justice ministry said that it did not know of his whereabouts or whether he was still in the country.

Susan Hartland, administrative director of Sea Shepherd, confirmed his flight from Germany. “We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary,” Hartland said.

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