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Indonesia returns 65 Vietnamese fishermen

Update: July, 27/2016 - 10:48
Indonesia yesterday repatriated 65 Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested in April and May for accidently fishing in Indonesia’s seas. — VNA/VNS Photo

Jakarta — Indonesia yesterday repatriated 65 Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested in April and May for accidently fishing in Indonesia’s seas.

The repatriation was the single biggest number of fishermen to be returned en masse so far. Most of the fishermen worked on fishing boats that were from the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu.

They were detained in Indonesia for 2-3 months. In 2015, the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia succeeded in sending some 670 fishermen back to their homeland.

Last year, Indonesia detained some 60 ships and boats and arrested 660 fishermen from Việt Nam, much higher than the 2014 figures, according to the embassy. — VNS

 

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