Paul Watson skips bail in Germany

July 26th, 2012 - 7:52 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Berlin, July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Paul Watson is an animal rights and environmental activist from Canada. He is the president and the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which is an organization that fights for the rights of the marine animals. Paul Watson is said to have skipped bail in Germany on Sunday and he is being accused of failing to check in with the relevant authorities.

The checking with the authorities is a condition that Watson was given following his release in May. When he failed to check in with the authorities, his lawyer notified the court in Frankfurt that Watson had traveled from Germany to a destination that was not disclosed. Susan Hartland who is an administrative director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says that they have reason to believe that Watson was taken by the Japanese so that he could face charges that were pressed against him for obstructing their whaling activities which were legal.

Watson is on an anti-whaling campaign. It may be recalled that he had been arrested in May for a crime that he committed during one his campaigns at sea in the year 2002. He was released on bail and that is why he was supposed to check in with the authorities on Sunday. The court in Frankfurt says that Watson has shown that he cannot be trusted and that they are therefore preparing for his extradition. The court says that a decision on whether Watson would be extradited will be given soon.

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