Date: May 15 2012
FRANKFURT. A high-seas collision of the kind that earned Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson a global reputation as a hardliner has come out of the past to snare him in Germany.
Watson was arrested on a warrant from Costa Rica, where it has been alleged his ship Farley Mowat rammed the fishing boat Varadero I - an act that led to a claim of attempted murder.
Sea Shepherd says video evidence showed the allegations to be false when they were first made in 2002. The case comes as the group fights to end the shark fin traffic in central American waters.
Watson, 61, was being held at Frankfurt airport ahead of an appearance before an investigating judge.
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