Indonesian authorities have released 239 Vietnamese fishermen back home after detaining them for fishing illegally in its waters since July.
The released fishermen arrived in Vietnam on a Vietnamese vessel coded CSB 8001 on Friday, being received by the border protection force in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.
Of these, 112 are from Ba Ria – Vung Tau, while others come from various provinces including Tien Giang, Kien Giang, Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa.
After returning back on Vietnamese soil, the fishermen will be transferred to authorities of their respective locations.
Regarding those from Ba Ria – Vung Tau, local authorities will conduct further interrogation to verify their offences.
In June, Indonesian authorities also released more than 600 Vietnamese fishermen who had illegally fished in its waters.
According to Colonel Pham Van Phong, head of the Ba Ria – Vung Tau border protection force, the majority of the captured fishermen were victims of their own ship captains, some of whom had served jail times between six months to three years in Indonesia for illegal fishing.
Vietnamese authorities will also revoke the licenses of the offended captains.
Competent agencies in Vietnam have asked the released fishermen to commit to not repeat their offense in the future.
|The fishermen get off the boat.|
|The fishermen wait in Ba Ria – Vung Tau.|
|The fishermen line up on land, awaiting further procedures.|
|A border soldier carries out an attendance check of the fishermen before releasing them.|