Egypt says fishermen detained off Turkish-Cypriot coast released

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Sep 2018

Egypt said on Friday five Egyptian fishermen were released in Northern Cyprus one week after their arrest for breaching territorial waters, a statement by the foreign ministry read.

In an official statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said a court had fined the fishermen, who were arrested off the coast of Kyrenia, 500 euros each (approximately EGP 10,500).

The five men and their vessel were allowed to leave by the authorities after the Cypriot-Greek Company owning the ship paid the fine.

They are expected to arrive tomorrow on board of the vessel to Cyprus’s Limassol Port.

Abu Zeid praised the cooperation and efforts exerted by the Cypriot counterparts and the Egyptian Embassy in Nicosia, which lead to the fishermen’s release.

Arrests made over an illegal entry and fishing by Egyptian fishermen is common.

Fishermen arrested by the authorities are usually released after fines are paid.  

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