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Turks & Caicos allows the return of dozens of Puerto Plata’s fishermen

43 Dominican fishermen from the area of Puerto Plata returned on Tuesday, 16 May 2017, following their release by the government of Turks & Caicos. The men had been accused by Turks & Caicos authorities of clandestine and illegal fishing.

As reported, the men obtained their freedom after proving their innocence in court. Luis Felipe Heredia Terrero, the president of the Small Boat Owners Association of Puerto Plata, told reporters that the fisherman had been defended by lawyer Glenna Clarke of the Turks and Caicos.

The fisherman were part of the crew of the Captain Blaise ship and were found to be fishing in open waters of the Atlantic when they were arrested by units of the Turks & Caicos Coast Guard and accused of illegal fishing. Only the ship’s captain and first mate now remain in Turks & Caicos for a final hearing in order to receive their confiscated vessel that belongs to Dominican businessman Regino Martinez.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

May 19, 2017

Category: DR News |

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