FIJI JUDGE SLAPS KOREAN FISHERMAN WITH FINE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 29) - The master of a South
Korean vessel found guilty of fishing illegally in Fiji waters has been fined
US$6,600.

Suva high court judge Justice Nazhat Shameem said the fine for
the offence should have been more than US$15,000.

But she cut the penalty by more than half, saying Jang Dong
Myeong, who was the master of the vessel Southern Star, could not afford to pay.

To make up the shortfall, Justice Shameem ordered that the
proceeds from the sale of the illegally caught fish, amounting to US$25,000, be
forfeited to the state.

The vessel was found to have fished illegally in Fiji waters on
12 separate occasions in April and May of last year.

April 29, 2003

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