Paul Watson, the leader of the anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd, said that Japan had something to do with his recent arresting in Germany.
The Asian state “is spending a lot of money to try and stop us intervening against their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean,” he said.
Watson (photo), a Canadian citizen, was arrested in Germany and put later on bail, until the authorities will decide if he can be extradited to Costa Rica for charges related to a high-seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002.
Watson said he found it “very interesting that the extradition order was put out in October 2011 at exactly the same time that the Japanese brought civil charges against us in a Seattle court.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Japan was a part of this,” Watson said.
He added that the Sea Shepherd campaigns will continue with or without him so their ships “will again go back to the Southern Ocean in December to once again obstruct the Japanese whaling operations.”