Minister of Maine Affairs and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti (third left) is seen receiving a document from Commander of the Sea Secretary General, Umar Abdul Aziz, before giving a public lecture at Universitas Teuku Umar (UTU) in Meulaboh, Aceh, Monday (16/10). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The State Court of Sabang, Aceh, has fined Silver Sea 2 Captain Yotin Kurawabiab from Thailand Rp250 million (US$18,499.35) for committing illegal fishing. The fine falls below Rp500 million sought by prosecutors.
The court was led by judge Zulfikar. The other judges were Idil Amin dan Nurul Hikmah. "Ruling that the defendant is fined Rp250 million, replaceable with six months in prison. The Silver Sea 2 ship and the fish contained inside has been auctioned and the proceeds that amount to Rp20.5 billion have been seized by the government," the court ruled, Thursday (Sept.19).
Although previously filing a pretrial suit, Yotin pleaded guilty at court and decided to accept the ruling and thus will not lodge an appeal.
The Silver Sea 2 was caught by the KRI Teuku Umar coast guard ship in the waters of Sabang, Aceh, on 13 August 2015. The Thailan ship was catching fish on Indonesian waters illegally. A few days later, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti arrived to see the ship for herself. (dtc/mag)