Fishermen’s lawyers ‘to apply for bail in writing’


Lawyer Karen Domingue said this in a telephone interview with Nation, adding that she will apply for bail in writing for her client and the other attorneys are likely to do the same.

“What happened was that we were all taken up with mentions before other courts, which is quite common on Fridays. We all hoped to be in Judge Burhan’s court by around 9.30am but none of us made it there until 10.10am only to find the case had been adjourned. We thought the judge would wait for us but he did not. I will now apply for bail for my client in writing,” she said.

The men have also been charged with possession of turtle meat and the additional charge of fishing for sea cucumbers without a valid licence is also expected to be arrayed against them.

They were caught on the fishing boat Charitha by the National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA)
on December 11, 2012.

The NDEA said upon inspecting the vessel, Seychelles Fishing Authority enforcement officers, in the presence of the skipper of Charitha, the police and NDEA officers counted a total of 1,562 sea cucumbers which on the local market can fetch an estimated R180,000.

The SFA suspended the vessel’s fishing license and the boat is no longer eligible to claim fuel concession under the fuel scheme.