They were arrested by the Thai Navy on March 9, 2020.
Banda Aceh (ANTARA) - A total of 29 Acehnese fishermen were arrested by Thailand's naval patrol for illegal entry into its waters.

Deputy Secretary of Aceh Sea Commander (Panglima Laot) – the tribal leaders in Aceh fishing community – Miftah Cut Adek stated here on Wednesday that the fishermen were detained aboard the KM Tuah Sulthan Baru motor vessel, with a capacity of 45 gross tonnage (GT).

"They were arrested by the Thai Navy on March 9, 2020. They were brought to the Phang Nga Province, and the case has been handled by local police," Adek revealed.

Adek confirmed that the fishermen, led by skipper M. Faidan, departed from Lampulo Port in Banda Aceh on March 4 at 11:56 a.m. local time.

"We continue to work closely with related institutions to ensure the condition of Acehnese fishermen currently detained in Phang Nga Province," he stated.

Earlier, on March 3, the Indian Navy detained 12 Acehnese fishermen in the waters off Nicobar Island in the eastern Indian Ocean over poaching.

The fishing vessel was detained in the waters, 55 nautical miles off Nicobar Island, near the fishing aggregating device number 3 at around 5 p.m. local time.

The Indian Navy arrested 37 Indonesian fishermen for poaching during the period from November 2018 to March 3.

The court pronounced a “not-guilty” verdict for the three of them, and they will be deported to Indonesia soon. Related news: 12 Acehnese detained by Indian Navy for poaching
Related news: Families ask RI Government to free Acehnese fishermen in Myanmar


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