14 May 2012

Sea Shepherd founder arrested

11:20 am on 14 May 2012

The founder of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been arrested in Germany and will be extradited to Costa Rica.

Sea Shepherd says Paul Watson, the captain of the Steve Irwin ship, has been arrested on a Costa Rican warrant over an incident which occurred in 2002, the ABC reports.

In a statement, the group says the incident in question took place in Guatemalan waters, when Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark finning operation run by a Costa Rican ship called the Varadero.

Sea Sheperd claims that, on order of the Guatemalan authorities, it instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their illegal shark finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted.

Sea Shepherd has called for the charges to be dropped.