“Anti-Whaling Activist Paul Watson Marks a Year of Fleeing on the Sea”

July 17, 2013

motherboard.vice.com on July 16, 2013 released the following:

“By Ben Richmond

Just as Edward Snowden is caught in the in-between-nation zone of a Moscow airport, the anti-whaling activist Paul Watson is caught in a nation-free life at sea. Watson hasn’t been into a port since fleeing Germany in July last year in order to keep himself from being extradited to Japan.

Watson is the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which fights to preserve marine life most famously by directly disrupting whaling operations. The group’s aggressive actions have earned it attention from the public, via the Animal Planet show Whale Wars, and from governments, including those of the United States, Canada, and Japan, which calls them eco-terrorists.

Last known to be aboard the Sea Shepherd ship the MY Steve Irwin when it confronted Japanese ships in the Southern Ocean in February, Watson’s exact whereabouts are currently unknown. Still, for being a refugee, Watson maintains a fairly high media profile. He regularly gives interviews about Sea Shepard’s actions and also his own tenuous situation.

Legal trouble has been a defining trait for the man who describes himself as a “pirate of compassion.” The origins of his life-on-the-lam span continents and decades. In 2002, Watson and a Sea Shepherd ship was sailing through Guatemalan waters when they came across a Costa Rican vessel that was slicing fins off of sharks.

According to Peter Hammarstedt, a spokesman for Sea Shepherd, they called the authorities and took control of the fishing ship, only to have the Guatemalans show up with a gunboat to arrest Watson. The Sea Shepherd fled to Costa Rica, where Watson was charged with “violating navigational regulations.” The charges were dropped, and then reinstated.

Ten years later, Watson was detained at an airport in Frankfurt on behalf of Costa Rica. While being detained, it occurred to Watson that the Japanese—his longtime arch nemeses—might be behind the arrest, not Costa Rica. “We have created some very powerful enemies in the Japanese government,” Hammarstedt told The New York Times, and also said that Watson thought the Japanese were behind the arrest.

So when Watson was released on bail, he fled rather than risk extradition. “I decided I know if I go to Japan I’m not going to be released, ever. So I left Germany,” he told CTV. To review, Watson was arrested in Germany on charges by Costa Rica, for actions in Guatemalan waters, potentially as just a front for the Japanese.

A month after he took to the sea, Interpol issued a red notice at Costa Rica’s behalf. They issued another red notice a month later on behalf of Japan, on charges of breaking in and damaging a whaling ship in 2010. Whether or not he would extradited to Japan before, he almost definitely would now.

The international criminal co-operation system makes any port, save for the least savory, potentially dangerous, according to Robert Currie, a law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

“He could very well be arrested in quite a large number of countries and the countries where he couldn’t get arrested are probably countries where he wouldn’t want to go,” Currie told CTV.

And so Watson wanders the high seas, transferring from ship to ship in international waters, unable to see his daughter and grandchildren in Seattle. Like Snowden, he is a man who cannot safely enter or leave a country. That must suck. But the open seas still sound better than being stuck in an airport.”

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INTERPOL calls on public to help track international fugitives in global operation

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives wanted for offences including murder, robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking is calling for the public’s help in locating and bringing them to justice.

Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest – Red Notices) 2012 was launched by the world police body on 14 May, focusing on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 57 member countries and has already led to the arrest or location of internationally-wanted people worldwide.

It was within the framework of Operation Infra-Red that suspected killer, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was arrested in Germany just four days after INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for the 29-year-old at the request of Canadian authorities.

A number of Infra-Red 2012 targets wanted for a range of offences are now being specifically highlighted as part of the public appeal for assistance.

Stefano Carvelli, Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit, which is coordinating Infra-Red, said the Magnotta case highlights the vital contribution that the public can make in helping police find criminals on the run.

“Often Infra-Red cases are those where all police leads have been exhausted and fresh information is needed to give the investigations new drive, which is why we are appealing to the public to assist us,” said Mr Carvelli.

“I would urge everyone to look closely at the photos of these individuals, think about people they have met either in the real world or via social networking sites, could they be one of these fugitives?

“Any information at all could prove crucial in identifying and bringing these people to justice, some of whom have been hiding for years,” added Mr Carvelli.

Since the initial Infra-Red in 2010 similar operations, Infra-SA (South America) and Infra-SEA (South East Asia) have been coordinated by INTERPOL, resulting in arrests around the globe, including most recently that of Stanislav Molodyakov, wanted by Russian authorities in connection with child sex crime offences who was taken into custody by Cambodian police on Monday 4 June.

The initial phase of operation Infra-Red 2012 saw investigators from 28 of the participating countries and Europol gather at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France to directly share information on suspects.

Details of the wanted persons, their suspected locations and any other potentially identifying information was collated and analysed, before being sent to involved countries through INTERPOL’s global network of 190 National Central Bureaus for action.

Information on the whereabouts of the targets of Operation Infra-Red 2012 or any internationally-wanted persons can be sent to INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit. Information can also be given anonymously to any national Crime Stoppers programme, or via www.csiworld.org”

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Interpol Issues Red Notice for Alleged Bulgarian Mafia Boss

May 29, 2012

novinite.com on May 28, 2012 released the following:

“Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of alleged Bulgarian mafia boss Nikolay Marinov whose whereabouts have been unknown since 2010.

Marinov is wanted for crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives, crimes against life and health, as well as organized /transnational crime.

Nikolay Marinov is better known as “The Little Marguin”, one of the two so-called Marguin brothers.

The alleged gangster is wanted by local authorities for the murder of controversial radio show host Bobi Tsankov back in 2010. Nikolay and his older brother, Krasimir Marinov, have been accused of ordering Tsankov’s assassionation.

In February, The Marguin Brothers were acquitted by Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassations on charges of organizing a criminal group and plotting the murders of Nikola Damyanov, Ivan Todorov and General Lyuben Gotsev (the latter survived the attempt on his life.)

The Marguin brothers are also publicly known as being among the leaders of the SIC Corporation – allegedly one of Bulgaria’s two powerful mafia structures in the 1990s.

“The Little Marguin” is 174 centimeters tall and has brown eyes.”

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Interpol notice tests U.S.-Venezuela relations

May 3, 2012

CNN on May 3, 2012 released the following:

“(CNN) — A former Venezuelan judge — a fugitive in his home country who was last known to be in the United States — stands to become a source of contention between the two nations.

Interpol issued a Red Notice for Eladio Aponte Aponte, Venezuelan Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said Wednesday night. The notice is an international alert that asks any country with information about his whereabouts to arrest him with a view to his extradition.

But Aponte Aponte counts on support from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, for whom he purportedly works as a source. The former Supreme Court justice fled to Costa Rica, and last month was transported from there to the United States in a DEA aircraft, officials of the Central American country said.

Venezuelan officials removed Aponte Aponte from his post in March, accusing him of providing a government credential to a man authorities allege was one of the world’s top drug lords.

Aponte Aponte, who has not confirmed or denied that accusation, left Venezuela the day he was supposed to face questioning in the Venezuelan National Assembly.

The U.S. Justice Department did not immediately comment on whether it would honor the Interpol notice.

In April, Aponte Aponte sat down for an interview with SOiTV in Miami in which he claimed he made rulings in cases based on requests from Chavez and other top officials.

“They just asked for favors that I complied with. And woe be the judge that refused to cooperate. … They were dismissed,” Aponte Aponte said.

Several of his remarks contradicted previous statements by top Venezuelan officials — including Chavez.

Asked whether there are political prisoners in Venezuela — something Chavez has previously denied — Aponte Aponte said yes.

CNN has not independently confirmed the former justice’s accusations.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro last month accused the United States of trying to destabilize his country’s government.

“It is easy to understand how a fugitive from justice processed for his connections with drug trafficking mafias and removed from his job has sold his soul to the DEA,” Maduro said. “The DEA has appeared again as a political actor in Venezuela against Venezuela.”

While the Venezuelan justice minister provided a copy of the Interpol notice on the Internet, it did not appear on Interpol’s website.

Interpol said that countries have the option of not publicizing the Red Notice on its website.”

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Wanted man’s links to our city

November 16, 2011

Wanganui Chronicle on November 16, 2011 released the following:

“A New Zealand man being sought by South American police in connection with a major Buenos Aires drug syndicate is originally from Wanganui.

Police were told Peter Leaitua, 40, was the son-in-law of a Colombian woman who died in Auckland in September after a condom full of cocaine exploded in her stomach. She had been recruited by the drug syndicate.

It was reported that Mr Leaitua had arrived at Auckland Airport from Argentina on September 6 on the same flight as his mother-in-law, Sorlinda Vega, his wife and two children.

Interpol issued a Red Notice for Mr Leaitua, saying he was a New Zealander who spoke Spanish and was wanted on drug charges in Argentina.

Two Wanganui men, who want to remain anonymous, said they remembered the Leaitua family when they lived in Wanganui.

“There are still relatives here. The Leaitua boys grew up here.”

Mr Leaitua used to play softball for Station United, they said.

“It was a long time ago now but we remember Peter and his brother when they were teenagers like us.”

A woman said as a 16-year-old she and her girlfriends remembered Peter and his friends.

“But not really in a good way. I was with my group of girlfriends and we were getting into my car to go home. Peter was with another group and he came and jumped up and down on the roof of my car and caved the roof in. He wasn’t great. He wrecked my car.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Liam Clinton from Interpol Wellington said police were not prepared to comment on specific details relating to the Red Notice in respect of Mr Leaitua.

“These are matters for the Argentine authorities.

“We will of course assist the Argentine authorities with any inquiries they may request through Interpol Wellington.”

Mr Clinton said an Interpol Red Notice was not an international arrest warrant.

“There is no such thing as an international arrest warrant.”

Police would not comment on whether they knew of Mr Leaitua’s whereabouts.

Notice

A Red Alert Notice to all 190 Interpol member countries means:

The subject of the Red Notice is wanted for serious criminal offending in the issuing country.

In New Zealand, police cannot arrest on the basis of a Red Notice.

There must be a provisional arrest warrant issued by a New Zealand Court, pursuant to a formal extradition request.”

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