Malaysia has released 11 Indonesian seaweed farmers who were recently arrested by Malaysian maritime police for allegedly crossing the country’s border.
The commander of the naval base in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, Lt. Col. Imam Hidayat, said on Wednesday evening that the 11 farmers were handed over on Sebatik Island on the Indonesia-Malaysia border.
The Malaysian maritime police handed over the farmers in Tawau in the presence of the police liaison officer of the Indonesian consulate in Tawau, Sei Nyamumk police sector chief First Insp. Oman Purnama as well as the Sei Pacang naval post commander in Sebatik, Second Lt. Herry.
Imam added that the 11 fishermen from West Nunukan arrived on Wednesday at around 9 p.m. and were immediately taken to the naval base in Sedadap, South Nunukan.
The deportation of the fishermen, who were held for 10 days, came following the joint efforts of police and navy personnel along with the liaison officer of the Indonesian consulate in Tawau.
Besides deporting the 11 fishermen, the three boats they used for seaweed farming were also returned.
The Indonesian consul in Tawau, Muhammad Soleh, told Antara news agency that the return of the Nunukan fishermen was part of constant communication with the Malaysian maritime police in Tawau and that their case need not be processed in court.
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