Canadian environmentalist and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Captain Paul Watson was arrested at the Frankfurt Airport over the weekend on a 10-year-old warrant. The Costa Rican warrant relates to an April 2002 run-in with an illegal Costa Rican shark finning vessel.The report also states Watson faces attempted murder charges involving the same event. The incidents, captured in the 2007 award-winning documentary Sharkwater, involved the Sea Shepherd ship the Ocean Warrior and the Costa Rican vessel the Varadero. The Sea Shepherd’s crew apprehended the Varadero for illegal shark finning under orders from Guatemalan authorities. While escorting the Varadero back to port, the Sea Shepherd vessel was confronted by a Guatemalan gunboat, dispatched to intercept the Ocean Warrior’s crew. The crew of the Varadero had falsely accused the Sea Shepherds of trying to kill them. Watson is currently in temporary custody and a judge will decide later whether to formally place in detention pending extradition. Watson is being assisted in jail by European Parliament Vice President Daniel Cohn Bendit and the European deputy Jose Bove.
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