KOTA KINABALU: Four men, three of them Filipinos were charged with having bombed fish.
They were Delmio Amir, 39, Filipinos Partama Lapanji, 45, Mastaldani Basa, 65 and Suldani Mastaldani, 40.
They were brought before Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus to face the charge against them.
No plea was taken pending Bajau Suluk interpreter.
The court fixed Feb 26 this year for mention and no bail was offered to them pending the date.
The four are accused of having the various types of fish which were caught using explosives at 6.30pm on Feb 9, this year inside a pump boat near Pulau Sepanggar, here.
The offence under Section 26(1)(c) of the Fisheries Act 1985 and punishable under Section 25(a) of the same Act, which provides for a fine of up to RM6 million for the owner or skipper of the boat and a fine of up to RM600,000 for each crew member, on conviction.
In the same court, another four Filipinos were also charged with committing a similar offence.
But, no plea was taken from Jetly Ignu, 38, Gamal Akkal Jari, 45, Aldayani Ignu, 25, and Peldi Paudi, 21, also pending Bajau Suluk interpreter. Their case would be mentioned on the same day.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Muhammad Fitri Wan Azizan from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency appeared for the prosecution while the eight were not represented. – Cynthia D Baga