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TARAWA, Kiribati (June 30, 1998 - PACNEWS)---A Korean longliner, the Jasmine No.9, was apprehended by Kiribati police last weekend for fishing illegally inside the country's exclusive economic zone.

Acting Commissioner of Police Tuare Ioane said the skipper is being kept behind bars pending a full investigation of the alleged illegal fishing charges, Radio Kiribati reports.

Meanwhile, two crew members from the Jasmine No.9 were arrested in Betio for assaulting a police officer. They later were released from custody pending a court hearing.

According to the General Manager of the Kiribati Overseas Seaman's Employment Agency, Patrick Tatireta, the boat called at Betio Port to pick up nine new I-Kiribati crew members, but Tatireta says the legal proceedings against the skipper, the ship and its crew could delay the recruitment process.

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