Philip­pine court or­ders 9 jailed Chi­nese fish­er­men freed

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

A Philip­pine court has or­dered the re­lease of nine Chi­nese fish­er­men who served a year in pri­son for poach­ing and tak­ing hun­dreds of en­dan­gered gi­ant sea tur­tles from a dis­puted South China Sea shoal, a court staffer said Tues­day.

Judge Am­bro­sio de Luna of the re­gional trial court in west­ern Palawan prov­ince or­dered jail of­fi­cials to re­lease the fish­er­men to the im­mi­gra­tion bureau be- cause all have served their pri­son sen­tence of 6 months for each of the two crimes and the pros­e­cu­tion did not ob­ject, act­ing clerk of court Lour­des Dad­ule said.

Dad­ule said de Luna granted the mo­tion for re­lease filed by the fish- er­men’s lawyer, which is re­quired de­spite the men serv­ing out their sen­tence. She said it will be up to the im­mi­gra­tion bureau to ar­range for the fish­er­men’s de­por­ta­tion.

Act­ing Palawan pro­vin­cial jail war­den Alejo P. Acosta said the men were tem­po­rar­ily still in his cus­tody as of Tues­day be­cause the im­mi­gra­tion of­fice in Palawan has no fa­cil­ity to hold them while they wait for the Chi­nese con­sul who will ac­com­pany them on their flight out of Palawan.

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