Sea Shepherd leader pursued by Japan, skips bail in Germany

Japan asked Germany to arrest Paul Watson, the founder of environmental group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, days before he skipped bail and apparently fled the country.

The Japanese embassy in Berlin confirmed in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that it submitted its request to German authorities July 19.Three days later Watson — who was out on €250,000 $320,000 bail in Germany pending a separate extradition request from Costa Rica — last reported to authorities.

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