Arrest warrants issued for 12 Thai fishermen in murder of Indonesian sailors

Songkhla (ANTARA /TNA-0ANA) - Thai police have issued arrest warrants for 12 fishermen--the crew of a Thai fishing boat alleged to be implicated in the murder of two Indonesian naval personnel, a Thai police officer said. Pol Lt Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, Assistant National Police Chief, said investigation in the case has progressed but the fact-finding probe will need 3-5 more days.

He said forensic tests will be necessary to check the Indonesian naval personnel,s DNA and evidence found on board the Thai trawler.

Gen Chakthip led a fact-finding meeting between Thai police and officials of the Indonesian consulate in Songkhla.

He said police have issued warrants to arrest 12 crew members of the Thai fishing boat for illegal entry while other charges will not be made until evidence is clear.

The bodies of the two Indonesian naval personnel killed on March 9 have yet to be found.

Thai police said the troubled fishing trawler might have illegally assumed the rights of a Thai boat, the Sor Nattaya 7, to enter Indonesian waters for fishing.

The trawler also left Thailand without going through the required immigration check.