12 Vietnamese fishermen remanded

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Marine Police will investigate 12 Vietnamese men suspected of illegal fishing activities within Brunei Darussalam’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

This after the Magistrates’ Court yesterday ordered boat masters Nguyen Tnanh Quang, 34, and Pham Thanh Phung, 37, along with their 10 crewmembers, remanded to the Marine Police Station for a two-week investigation.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohammad Danial DSP Hj Kifrawi told the court that the two-week remand would allow the police to take more statement from the masters of the two vessels and their crew.

The investigation will also help in verifying the vessels’ registration in Vietnam, as well as receiving reports from the Survey Department and the Fisheries Department.

The court granted the application and scheduled a further mention of the case on November 12 before Senior Magistrate Hj Nabil Daraina PDH Badaruddin.

The penalties under the Fisheries Order include a five-year imprisonment with up to $100,000 in fines for the master of the vessel, while each crew member could face up to one year imprisonment with a maximum $2,500 in fines.

The Ministry of Defence yesterday issued a statement that the Brunei Navy detained the vessels on October 27.

It said that the Vietnamese fishermen and their vessels were escorted to the Marine Police Jetty in Muara.

They were handed over to the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism at 5pm on the same day.

The Brunei Times