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Blue boats crew fined $800 each in Solomon Islands

Blue boats crew fined $800 each in Solomon Islands

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by April 21, 2017 Pacific News, Regional News

 

 

The Solomon Islands Magistrate’s Court in Honiara has fined the 40 Vietnamese “blue boats” crew members almost SBD$800 (US$102) each for illegally entering the country.

The 40 men, crew members of the three boats now anchored in Point Cruz, were detained last month after they were caught fishing illegally. [restrict]

They pleaded guilty to entering the country illegally, under the Solomon Islands Immigration laws.

Chief Magistrate John Numapo gave them Wednesday 19 April until May 1 to pay their fines.

He also asked them if they knew they were breaking the country’s law by coming into the Solomon seas.

The crew answered, through a translator, that they did not know they were breaking any law.

Chief Magistrate Numapo urged them to pay their fines, warning he would impose a different sentence if they failed.

The three captains of the blue boats will appear separately in court today. SOURCE: SIBC/PACNEWS [/restrict]

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