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12 Vietnamese jailed in Philippines for illegal fishing

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:48 PM
 
Vietnamese fishermen (right), who were arrested on March 21 with a boatload of sharks off the western island of Palawan, waiting for their court hearing to start in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island on June 4, 2014. A Philippine court on Wednesday sentenced 12 Vietnamese men to six months in jail and fined them US$100,000 (S$125,000) for illegal fishing, the prosecutor in the case said. -- PHOTO: AFP

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (AFP) - A Philippine court on Wednesday sentenced 12 Vietnamese men to six months in jail and fined them US$100,000 (S$125,000) for illegal fishing, the prosecutor in the case said.

The fishermen, who were arrested on March 21 with a boatload of sharks just off the western island of Palawan, pleaded guilty last week, prosecutor Alen Rodriguez told AFP.

If the 12 cannot pay the fine, the equivalent of more than US$8,000 each and a huge sum for such fishermen, the judge could add more time to their sentence, said Rodriguez.

But in similar cases in the past, foreign fishermen caught in Philippine waters were allowed to go free after serving their sentences without paying the fine, he said.

 
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