Court Charges Man for Fishing With Grenade

The Stung Treng Provincial Court on Tuesday charged a 25-year-old man with illegal fishing after he allegedly used a grenade to kill fish in a protected stretch of the Mekong River in Thala Barivat district.

Diep Bora, deputy chief of the Fisheries Administration’s Stung Treng cantonment, said his officials arrested Nat Touch on Sunday after hearing an explosion in the protected Anlong Svay area, where endangered Irrawaddy dolphins are known to live.

“On Sunday morning, the officials heard the sound of the grenade explosion and then they arrived at the scene and saw the suspect collecting fish in the water,” Mr. Bora said.

“It’s the third case of a fisherman throwing a grenade” in the area over the past three years, he added. Deputy provincial court prosecutor Pen Sarath said Mr. Touch was charged on Tuesday and then placed in provisional detention.

“We charged him under Article 98 of the Fisheries Law and we sent him to prison,” he said.

Under the law, fishing with explosives in protected waterways is punishable by between three and five years in prison.

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