In May, Richard attended FedCon XXI in Düsseldorf, Germany, in support of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was to be joined there by Captain Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd, but upon his arrival in Germany, Captain Watson was arrested by German authorities for extradition to Costa Rica. The German police reported that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest was in response to an alleged violation of ships traffic in Costa Rica, which occurred during the filming of "Sharkwater" in 2002. All Sea Shepherd supporters are urged to help convince the German officials at the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to step in and overturn their decision for extradition.
Richard spoke in support of his friend, and he recorded the message below asking all supporters to take action for the release of Captain Watson.
Show your support for Captain Watson by contacting Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minister of Justice in Berlin, Germany. Let her know that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and thus should be ignored by the German government. With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica.
Please contact: (Please be respectful in your communications)
Federal Minister of Justice
Platz der Republik
Telephone 030 - 227 751 62
Fax 030 - 227 764 02
Additional information about how friends of Sea Shepherd can voice their support for Captain Watson's release can be found on the website of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.