Paul Watson treats the law with his usual contempt
There is a lot in Watson that brings to mind another self-appointed crusader and fanatic, Julian Assange, who is holed up in an embassy in London, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape charges. Both men see themselves as champions of justice who are above normal legal standards, justify their actions on self-serving criteria, display overt signs of paranoia and megalomania, and are terrified of ever facing the cost of their actions. Neither does their cause much good by treating it as a tool for their personal glory.
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The Canadian-born head of a marine anti-poaching group has skipped bail in Germany and is heading for an “unknown destination,” his lawyer told a German court this week.
Paul Watson, an early member of Greenpeace and the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was arrested in Germany two months ago at the request of Costa Rica, where he is accused of having endangered the crew of a fishing vessel.