A court in the Philippines has found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and catching an endangered species in the South China Sea.
As reported in an earlier post, police found more than 500 sea turtles on their boat when the fishermen were intercepted at sea in May.
They were stopped at a shoal near the Spratlys, a chain of islands which both China and the Philippines claim.
The fishermens’ arrests has strained relations between both countries. China has demanded their release.
Philippines authorities had caught 11 fishermen on the boat, but later released two of them as they were found to be minors.
The remaining nine were each fined $100,000 (HKD 780,000) for poaching and USD 8,800 (HKD 68,650) for taking protected wildlife by a court in Palawan province on Monday.
If the fishermen cannot pay the fine, they will have to serve a jail sentence and can only be freed in May 2015.
Original Source: BBC News