The Jakarta Post
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Police's water unit has taken into custody five fishermen for allegedly fishing with explosives in Bima waters.
The police confiscated several pieces of evidence including 18 ready-to-use homemade bombs during the arrest.
NTB Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. Tribudi Pangastuti said blast fishing by the five fishermen was discovered after the Bima water police unit (Polair) received a report from the public.
“The Polair later followed up the report and managed to arrest the five alleged perpetrators in Tanjung Nggelu waters, Bima, at noon local time on Wednesday,” Tribudi said in Mataram on Thursday.
The five fishermen, identified only with their initials BD, 50, IR, 22, MUL, 25, JUN, 15, and AD, 12, are all residents of Bajo Pulau village in Sape district, Bima, NTB.
“All perpetrators are still being investigated at the Bima Polair headquarters. All the evidence also has been secured there,” said Tribudi.
Apart from the 18 bombs, the police also confiscated a boat, a jerry can, 11 used beer bottles, four bottles of lubricating oil, batteries, a compressor, diving equipment and around 30 kilograms of fish.
Tribudi said the fishermen could be charged with Law No.45/2009 in reference to Law No.31/2004 on fisheries, which carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison and Rp 2 billion (US$150,699) in fines. (ebf)
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