Sorong, Jubi – Two Philippines skippers Graciano Maglasang (51) and Rodrigo Puno (48) went on trial in Sorong in West Papua province for alleged illegal fishing.
“The second hearing for two Philippines citizens was held on Thursday (10/2/2016) by reading the prosecution and further examining on witnesses,” said Sorong prosecutor Pieter Louw on Friday (12/2/2016) in Sorong.
He said the trial was adjourned until this week presided by Chief Judge Priyanto, SH.
The prosecutor said the skippers were charged with carrying 47 fishing crews to the Indonesian Marine Territory without a license.
Officers on Hiu Macan Tutul Bot arrested them at Raja Ampat Sea, Papua Barat Province on 8 December 2016 on guards over the Eastern Indonesian Fishing Area Patrol. According to him, both skippers were arrested along with 300 tuna fishes of 20-30 kilograms or equal with three tons of tuna fishes amounted Rp 500 million as evidence.
They were, he said, accused to violate the Article 92, 26, 102, 98, 42, 100 and 35 of the Law No. 45/2009 on the Amendment of Law No.31/2004 about Fisheries.
They entered to the Indonesian territory without a shipping permit, fishing license and fisheries business permit as well as immigration document. “They confessed to investigators they didn’t know if they have entered to the Indonesian territory,” he said. (*/rom)