The old captain surnamed Hong Dianyu was exempted from customs by the Kaohsiung Higher Branch Court.

(Photo by reporter Bao Jianxin)

[Reporter Bao Jianxin/Kaohsiung Report] The captain surnamed Hong hired 3 foreign fishermen and was accused of electric fishing in the waters of Qimei Township, Penghu. The Penghu District Court sentenced him to 1 year and 2 months in prison for violating the Fisheries Law. The Kaohsiung Higher Branch Court reviewed his plea. and other circumstances, the prison sentence shall be suspended for 3 years, and 300,000 yuan shall be paid to the state treasury.

The judgment stated that the owner and captain of the Kaohsiung-registered "Zhengtaixing No. 188" fishing boat, surnamed Hong, hired three Filipino fishermen, MONTES HAROLD KYNNE MACAMUS, RUIZ MARIO MANUEL, and CRUZ JIMMY SOMERA, to go fishing.

At noon on March 5 this year, Hong and others went out to sea from the Zhonghe Security Checkpoint in Xiaogang District, and arrived in the southwest sea area of ​​Qimei Township, Penghu County. They were suspected of jointly illegal electric fishing.

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At 9 a.m. on the 11th, the 8th Sea Patrol Team of the Fleet Branch of the Coast Guard Bureau reportedly went to the scene and seized thousands of kilograms of various fish (market value 160,000 yuan) and 460 meters of cables.

The case was transferred to the Penghu District Prosecutor's Office for investigation and prosecution on suspicion of violating the Fisheries Law by the Coast Guard and the Peng County Police Department.

The District Court judged that Hong and the four pleaded guilty, and the crime committed was the lightest. The original sentence was more than 1 year. The 3 fishermen were all subject to Article 59 of the Criminal Law, "the situation is merciful". They were sentenced to 6 months in prison and fined , each suspended for 2 years, and neither appealed; Hong was a recidivist, and was sentenced to a heavier sentence of 1 year and 2 months.

Hong refused to accept the verdict and appealed for a lighter sentence. The Kaohsiung Higher Branch Court considered his plea, 74 years old age, and poor economic conditions. The sentence remained unchanged, but the sentence was suspended for 3 years and he was under protective control. He had to pay the state treasury 300,000 yuan. Rule of law education 3 sessions, still can appeal.