2 men plead guilty to fishing near oil rig

National 1 minute, 4 seconds


TWO men without fishing licenses issued by the authority pleaded guilty before the Magistrates’ Court yesterday to have illegally entered a safety zone while carrying out fishing operations.

The court documents state the defendants, Hj Mohamad Junaidi Hj Muhiddin, 44, and Mohammad Arney Saie, 31, are charged with the offence under Regulation Five of the Merchant Shipping (Safety Zones) Order 1988. They allegedly committed such offence on November 23, 2012, in the vicinity of the Champion Seven Oilfield, which is declared a safety zone.

The document also state that they did operate fishing appliances without licenses issued by the Fisheries Department.

Hj Mohamad Junaidi, the defendant, admitted that he fished in the vicinity of Champion Seven Oilfield while the fiberglass boat was tied to the oil rig, said the document. In his police statement, it added, he obtained four kilogrammes of fish prior to the arrest.

Hj Mohamad Junaidi has previous convictions which are not related to the Merchant Shipping (Safety Zones) Order, while Mohammad Arney does not have any previous convictions, said the documents.

The offence of entering a safety zone carries a fine not exceeding $100,000, while the charge for operating a fishing appliance without license carries a fine not exceeding $10,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.

The Brunei Times