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Eight Indonesian fishermen indicted for manslaughter
Central News Agency
2013-12-25 11:37 PM
Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Prosecutors in Taiwan indicted eight Indonesian fishermen Wednesday on charges of manslaughter in a July incident that allegedly left the Taiwanese captain and chief engineer of a fishing boat dead. The indictment said that the 98-ton deep-sea fishing boat Te Hung Hsing No. 368 was operating in waters in the east Pacific July 15 when captain Chen Te-sheng got into an argument with Indonesian fisherman on board that reportedly led to the death of him and chief engineer Ho Chang-lin. Prosecutors alleged that the fisherman responsible for the killing said, "I just assaulted the captain. Now the chief engineer is your responsibility." Ho was apparently thrown overboard in his sleep. Prosecutors said Ho had tried to cling to a railing on the side of the boat but was "mercilessly" kicked down into the waters below. The Taiwanese boat had set out from Nanfangao in Yilan County for waters in the east Pacific with the captain, chief engineer and nine Indonesian fishermen aboard. The ship's owner last communicated with its crew on July 15 when it was operating around 527 nautical miles northwest of French Polynesia. The Coast Guard Administration later dispatched a ship to search for the missing boat and boarded it July 27 to find no sign of Chen and Ho. They suspected the Indonesian crew for their disappearances. The coast guard then escorted the boat and returned to Taiwan Aug. 20 after a 24-day, 4,870-nautical-mile journey. The nine Indonesian fishermen were turned over to the Yilan District Prosecutors Office for further investigation. Only one escaped the charges. (By Worthy Shen and Lilian Wu)
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