Supreme Court Upholds Jail Terms for Chinese Fishermen

Write : 2015-01-30 18:54:07 Update : 2015-01-30 18:54:50

Supreme Court Upholds Jail Terms for Chinese Fishermen

The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling on Chinese fishermen who were sentenced to prison terms for assaulting South Korean Coast Guard officers during a crackdown on illegal fishing.

The top court on Friday upheld the decision to sentence a captain of a Chinese fishing boat to three years and six months in prison and another sailor to three years in prison. It also kept the decision to confiscate two Chinese fishing boats.

The Supreme Court said the lower court decision to confiscate the vessels was just and did not overstep related legal principles.

There were rulings in the first and second trials to confiscate foreign ships, but it is the first time for the Supreme Court to make such a ruling.

The Chinese sailors were arrested in December 2013 in the waters near Eocheong Island in the Yellow Sea on charges of threatening and injuring the coast guard officers.

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