Paul Watson, the leader of the anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd said Japan was behind efforts of having him arrested in Germany and that the final intention was to have him extradited to Japan, from where he would “never be released”.
Japan conspired with Germany and Costa Rica in revenge for Watson’s actions against Japan’s whaling operations, he said.
“This is not about justice; it is about revenge,” Watson said.
Costa Rica filed an extradition request earlier this year on Watson’s name, accusing him of “putting a ship’s crew in danger.”
Watson was detained in Germany for a week. He was then released on bail but had to appear before police twice a day. He fled the country on July 22.
In his first statement after leaving Germany, Watson said he was “very disappointed with the German government. For me it is obvious that the German government conspired with Japan and Costa Rica to detain me so that I could be handed over to the Japanese.”
Watson did not say where he is at present, adding only that he feels comfortable being in “a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans,” and that he would continue to harass Japanese whalers.