By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, March 26: Three Vietnamese fisherman who were allegedly fishing in the country’s waters without permits will be remanded by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak for fourteen days.
Due to lack of a Vietnamese language interpreter here in Kuching, Investigating Officer Roslan Lebak will obtain the services of an interpreter from MMEA Terengganu to interpret his remand application to the three suspects via video conferencing before Magistrate Faelly Jeffery Lanjungan.
The magistrate allowed the application by MMEA to remand the trio for fourteen days to facilitate investigation.
The three suspects were arrested on a fishing vessel at 52.6 nautical miles from Tanjung Sirik, at about 5.30am on March 24.
Their catch of around 200kg was also seized.
The case is being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985. If found guilty, the fishing vessel will be confiscated while the captain and crew members can be fined up to RM1 million and RM10,000 each respectively. — DayakDaily