18 May '12, 6pm

Paul Watson Will Be Released on Bail, But Must Stay in Germany Awaiting Possible Extradition

While the extradition proceedings continue in Germany, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson will be released on €250,000 ($318,000) bail, The Guardian reports. Watson is said to be released next week but must remain in Germany pending a decision on extradition to Costa Rica. Frankfurt's higher regional court announced on Friday that it had put him under preliminary arrest after deciding that an extradition would be permissible under German law. The authorities in Costa Rica now have three months to send the necessary extradition papers to Germany. However, the court said it was ultimately up to the federal justice ministry to decide whether or not to send him to Costa Rica. Lead legal counsel in Germany for Watson Oliver Wallsach calls punting the final extradition authority to the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs "absolutely unusual," adding, "I have never ...

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