Paul Watson released on bail

Paul Watson sitting in a boat on sea

May 22, 2012

A wave of protest swept over the office of Minister of Justice Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger following the arrest of Paul Watson in Germany on May 14, 2012. 37,425 people took part in the Rainforest Rescue signature campaign alone, demanding the release of Paul Watson and the cessation of extradition proceedings to Costa Rica.

A wave of protest swept over the office of Minister of Justice Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger following the arrest of Paul Watson in Frankfurt, Germany on May 14, 2012. 37,425 people took part in the Rainforest Rescue signature campaign alone, demanding the release of Paul Watson and the cessation of extradition proceedings to Costa Rica.

Oliver Wallasch, attorney for Paul Watson, told the press that Watson’s release is a direct result of public pressure on the prosecution and the Justice Department. The Sea Shepherd founder has been released on 250,000 euros bail. He also has to report to the police daily. An extradition request by Costa Rica is currently being reviewed. The Central American country intends to prosecute Watson for violations of maritime law. In 2002, a number of Sea Shepherd activists prevented the crew of a Costa Rican ship from brutally slaughtering hundreds of sharks.

Paul Watson would like to personally thank the supporters of Rainforest Rescue for standing by him: “It really illustrates the interconnectedness of all our causes,” Watson observed.  

We would also like to thank you for your dedication!