THE controversial Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson has apparently been arrested in Germany and could be facing extradition to the Central American nation of Costa Rica over the ramming and water-canon attack on a commercial shark fishing ship a decade ago.Sea Shepherd asserts it's all a big misunderstanding of some sort. Their version is here:
Costa Rican media are reporting Watson, labelled an eco-terrorist for his anti-whaling campaigns, is facing attempted murder charges for ramming and then attacking the fishing ship as it was disabled and adrift.
On order of the Guatemalan authorities, Sea Shepherd instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their shark finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted. While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew. The crew of the Varadero accused the Sea Shepherds of trying to kill them, while the video evidence proves this to be a fallacy. To avoid the Guatemalan gunboat, Sea Shepherd then set sail for Costa Rica . . .When last heard from the vessel involved in this incident, Farley Mowat (pictured above), had been arrested by the Canadian government and then sold to cover a portion of its berthing fees.