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PNG court sentences five Indonesian fishermen to five years in jail November 19,2019   |  Source: Antara

The Vanimo Court in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ordered five Indonesian fishermen to serve a five-year prison sentence or dole out a fine of 14 thousand kinas (Rp63 million) each for various charges.

The sentence took effect as of Monday (Nov 11), Indonesian consul based in Vanimo, Abraham Lebelauw told Antara in Jayapura on Monday (Nov 18).

The five fishermen from the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura are currently held in custody in Vanimo while awaiting the result of negotiation between the court and their families on whether they will serve jail term or pay the fine.

"The Indonesian consulate in Vanimo is awaiting the result of negotiation with the families of the five fishermen caught aboard four different motorboats," he remarked, adding that all five fishermen were each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.


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