|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 16:37|
SAVE demands the extradition to be stopped immediately
Paul Watson from Canada has been fighting to protect marine mammals for 40 years - especially against shark finning, in which 73 million sharks are killed for their fins or maimed and left to die slowly every year.
The German Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt has ruled that Watson should be released on bail of 250,000 euros. Now, Costa Rica has three months to submit a formal extradition request with full supporting documentation as a proof of the alleged offense. Then, the Higher Regional Court shall decide whether the activist should be extradited to Costa Rica. Watson may not leave the country until then.
Although a decision about the extradition shall be made by the Federal Ministry of Justice, but Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger stated that the public prosecutor must decide.
Various environmental organizations, such as the SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund, hold protest demanding an immediate end to extradition proceedings and calling on the public to join the protest: (http://www.seashepherd.de/news-and-media/news-120519-1.html)
“We consider Paul Watson to be an extraordinarily courageous activist, one of the boldest fighters in the battle against the senseless slaughter of sharks through finning. Fin amputation is one of the cruellest and most barbaric procedures that serves exclusively to produce an exotic delicacy, shark fin soup”, says Lars Gorschlüter, chairman of the SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund, who is in close contact with Paul Watson. “His arrest is a catastrophe, because the alleged offence has not been proved in a court of law and the prosecution began ten years after the incident.” “What is more”, SAVE continues, “we demand that Paul Watson receives due honor for his self-sacrificing commitment to conservation, rather than hold him against his will."
Protector of sharks Paul Watson arrested in Frankfurt