Five Indian fishermen sentenced in Qatar

July 18, 2011

Five Bahrain-based Indian fishermen were sentenced in Doha to one-month in prison for illegally entering Qatar’s waters.

The fishermen, who were in a group of eight, were caught by Qatar coastguards on June 2.

Nizar Kochery, their lawyer and regional co-ordinator of the South Asian Fishermen’s Fraternity (SAFF), said the convicted fishermen would stay in detention for the next month, having remained free during their trial.

He also disclosed that they had no intention to appeal against the judgment, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported.

The fishermen who were given the one-month sentence were identified as Silvapillai Rajaratnam, Mois Pappiose, Alphons Raj, Maria Robin Raj and Robin Pious. The cases related to the three other members of the group, vessel’s captain Maria Vitamind, Nelson Babu and Stephen Raj, will be taken up on July 21.

A group of 24 other fishermen had also strayed into Qatari waters on six other fishing vessels. However, the cases related to those fishermen are over and most of them have returned to Bahrain.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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