Indonesia on May 26 repatriated another 33 Vietnamese fishermen (Source:VNA)
Jakarta (VNA) - Indonesia on May 26 repatriated another 33 Vietnamese fishermen who were reportedly arrested in late 2015 and early 2016 for violating Indonesia’s seas.

The released fishermen, who were returned to Vietnam from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, are from Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Tra Vinh, and Dong Thap provinces.

Most of them had been detained in the archipelago country for two months. Several were detained for 8-9 months.

Meeting with the fishermen before they returned home, representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia reminded them to strictly abide by the laws of both countries, and not to repeat violations of Indonesian waters or other countries’ waters.

Earlier on May 22, the embassy collaborated with the Indonesian authorities to complete procedures to repatriate 10 Vietnamese fishermen.

The Vietnamese embassy worked to send about 670 fishermen back to the homeland in 2015.

Last year, Indonesia detained about 60 ships and boats and arrested 660 fishermen from Vietnam, much higher than the 2014 figures, according to the embassy.-VNA