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22 Bahrain-based fishermen fined for illegally straying into Qatari waters by Sandeep Singh Grewal October 24,2012   |  Source: GDN

Twenty-two Bahrain-based fishermen have been fined a combined total of BD11,200 for illegally straying into Qatari territorial waters.

The men have been held in Al Khor jail in Doha since October 6, when they travelled in seven different boats before they were intercepted by Qatari coastguards at Al Ruwais.

Twelve of them appeared in a Doha court yesterday while the other 10 were convicted by the same court on October 18.

The captain was penalised with a BD700 fine and the rest were given fines of BD500 each.

The court has also instructed their Bahraini sponsors to expedite the process of paying the amount.

"Eleven fishermen were yesterday fined 5,000 Qatari riyals (BD500) each while the captain of the boat was fined 7,000 Qatari riyals (BD700) by the prosecutor's court in Doha," said an Indian Embassy official in Bahrain.

He told the GDN yesterday their counterparts in Doha were instructed by the Indian External Affairs Ministry to extend all assistance in facilitating the legal process.

"There are a total of four Bahraini employers, who have been notified to pay the fines and ensure their men can return," he added.

"Indian Embassy officials in Doha have visited the men in prison and they are hale and hearty."

The fishermen are Antony Lourdhaya,

 

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