Thirty-nine Vietnamese fishermen arrested by Indonesia for illegal fishing were repatriated at the local Soekarno Hatta International Airport yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Đỗ Quyên
Jakarta — Thirty-nine Vietnamese fishermen arrested by Indonesia for illegal fishing were repatriated at the local Soekarno Hatta International Airport yesterday.
Most of them were from the central and southern parts of Việt Nam, including Kiên Giang, Quảng Bình and Quảng Ngãi. They were detained on Rannai island for between 3 and 4 months.
Since the beginning of 2016, 98 boats and approximately 1,110 fishermen of Việt Nam have been captured by Indonesia’s forces. The Việt Nam Embassy in Indonesia has helped 790 go home while the rest are still being confined on various Indonesian islands.
According Trần Minh Cừ, First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia, the agency visited many of these fishermen and warned them of increasing piracy and kidnapping at sea in the region.
As Indonesia has affirmed the continuous deployment of strict measures against foreign fishing vessels operating illegally in its waters, Vietnamese fishermen were ordered to obey legal regulations to avoid unwanted incidents.
In late October, Indonesia’s functional forces chased and shot at two Vietnamese fishing boats, injuring three of 13 fishermen on board, with one later died due to serious wounds. —VNS