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Malaysia detains 29 Vietnamese fishermen for intruding into its waters by Minh Minh May 14,2019   |  Source: VNA

Malaysian authorities have detained 29 Vietnamese fishermen and their two vessels for alleged encroachment and illegal fishing in their country’s waters.

The men, aged between 20 and 50, were arrested some 80 nautical miles off the northern coastal city of Kuching in Sarawak State on Saturday, deputy director-general of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Commander Hamiludin Che Awang, was quoted as saying by the Straits Times.

They were fishing illegally when a patrol ship found them, and they failed to produce a permit or valid personal documents, he said.

All of them have been taken to the Abang Salahuddin Maritime Complex in Kuching for further investigation, he added.

The Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia has confirmed their detention, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The MMEA also seized three tons of fish and fishing equipment worth RM2 million ($480,000) from the two vessels.

The Fisheries Act levies a fine not exceeding RM1 million for the skipper and not exceeding RM100,000 for each crew member or a jail term not exceeding two years for harmful alteration of fish habitat.

There is no official information about when the trial will be held.

This is the fourth time a foreign vessel has been seized for illegal fishing in Malaysian waters

 

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