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Anti-whaling activist accuses former crew member of betrayal

Source:  Copyright 2012, MSNBC
Date:  July 31, 2012
Byline:  Miguel Llanos
Original URL: Status ONLINE

On the run and with three countries seeking his arrest, the captain of an anti-whaling group is claiming Germany was ready to sacrifice him to Japan and that a former crew member convicted by Japan had become a traitor by providing "false evidence."

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson said he was in "a safe place" after fleeing house arrest in Germany earlier this month when he learned that Japan was also seeking his extradition. Watson was being held on an earlier extradition request from Costa Rica.

With its own "Whale Wars" TV show on the Animal Planet network, Sea Shepherd is best known for its annual clashes with Japan's whaling fleet.

In 2010, Peter Bethune, the captain of one of its ships, was put on trial in Japan for boarding a Japanese whaling ship.

In his letter to supporters, Watson said Germany and Japan had conspired against him.

"The German government said I betrayed their trust by leaving ...

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