Thursday, 16th September 2021

Sri Lankan to be repatriated by Seychelles for illegally fishing

Colombo, Sep 06 (BAN/ AD): As per official records from Seychelles Supreme court Kostawatta Thamel was caught fishing in the waters of Seychelles on February 28 onboard a Sri Lankan-flagged boat ‘Nuwan Putha 14, IMULAN 0831 KLT with no license or authorisation in violation of the Fisheries Act 2014.

Lankan national had pleaded guilty for illegally fishing in Seychelles’ waters will be repatriated as a prohibited immigrant as per Supreme Court order.

SC has imposed fine of SCR 2000 ($146). His fishing vessel involved in the case including the fishing gears and equipment were also forfeited.

When passing the sentence on August 30, Govinden said, “I take into account the plea in mitigation made in favour of the convicted person in this case, having done so, I find that there are strong mitigating circumstances in his favour. Moreover, I feel that in order not to discriminate, I must keep in line with settle practice of sentencing in relation to cases similar to the facts as the one before this Court.”

The lawyer of the Sri Lankan national, Nichol Gabriel, said they are going to appeal against both the conviction and the sentence of the Court. 

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