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Paul Watson: Help Me Help the Oceans

June 03, 2014
Let's Make An Appeal to the President of Costa Rica

Help Me Help the Oceans

by PAUL WATSON


Now that there is a new administration it may be worthwhile to appeal directly to the New President of Costa Rica.

I was placed on the Interpol Red List by the very corrupt former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla whose administration saw the shark finners make huge profits with few arrests. Her administration also did nothing to prevent the death of Jairo Mora Sandoval who requested government protection months before he was murdered.

I am hopeful that President D. Luis Guillermo Solis will address both corruption and the illegal slaughter of turtles and sharks in Costa Rican waters.

Costa Rica continues to demand my extradition for an incident in 2002 when I stopped Costa Rican fishing boat illegally finning sharks in Guatemalan waters. I intervened with permission of the Guatemalan government. Despite the entire incident documented on film for the documentary Sharkwater which demonstrated that no fishermen were injured, I was charged with attempted murder on the word of the eight fishermen. I appeared in court in 2002 and the charges were dropped. Two weeks later I was instead charged with 8 counts of assault. I appeared in court yet again and the charges were dismissed. A decade later I was charged a third time for the reckless operation of a ship and Costa Rica issued a demand for my extradition.

More:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/03/lets-make-an-appeal-to-the-president-of-costa-rica/

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