30 Dec '11, 5am

Japan indicts Chinese skipper for illegal fishing: Prosecutors have indicted the skipper of a Chinese fishing bo...

TOKYO: Prosecutors have indicted the skipper of a Chinese fishing boat for illegally operating in Japanese waters, a local official said Friday. The Nagasaki District Public Prosecutors Office has finalised its case against Zhong Jinyin, 39, the official said, following his December 20 arrest near islands off southwest Japan. It was not clear when he would appear in court. The arrest, the second in the area in less than two months, took place after a six-hour pursuit. Japanese officers found coral and tools on the boat. Arrests by Japan of straying Chinese fishermen are increasingly common and usually pass off without much of a hitch, but can occasionally flare. Japanese authorities last week arrested another Chinese fishing boat captain, who was later released after paying a fine of 300,000 yen ($3,900), Jiji Press and other local media reported. The two Asian rival are s...

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