Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Captain Paul Watson Released On Bail

Thanks to help from thousands of letters, emails, faxes, and phone calls last week, the Honorable German Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs released Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson on bail today. While Sea Shepherd’s legal team says this is an unusual, but promising move on the part of the Higher Regional Court, Paul Watson still awaits extradition to Costa Rica in relation to a shark finning incident in 2002
Whether or not the Sea Shepherd’s captain will be extradited to Costa Rica is now deferred to the Honorable German Minister of Justice, who can apparently step in at any time to prevent the extradition. Sea Shepherd is asking that supporters in Germany and overseas continue writing Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Guido Westerwelle.
In addition, the animal rights organization has announced a Global Day of Action on Wednesday May 23 to coincide with a diplomatic visit to Germany by Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla Miranda. While Sea Shepherds around the world will make their voices heard at German embassies and consulates between 1100 and 1300 hours (local time), they ask that supporters do the same by visiting the closest German embassy or consulate and demand Captain Paul Watson’s freedom. Sea Shepherd’s main concern is that if Watson is extradited to Costa Rica, the decision would be the same as carrying out his death sentence. 
If you would like to aid in the efforts to free Captain Paul Watson, please email, call, fax or write the following Ministers:
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Federal Minister of Justice

Deutscher Bundestag

Platz der Republik 1
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
Telephone: +49 (030) 18 580-0
Fax: +49 (030) 18 580-9525
Dr. Guido Westerwelle - Minister of Foreign Affairs
Platz der Republik 1

11011 Berlin
Tel.: 030 / 22771636
Fax: 030 / 22776562
E-Mail: guido.westerwelle@bundestag.de

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