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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 - 12:45
Arrested Chinese fishermen released
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China Daily reports that the 37 Chinese fishermen detained by Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday night have been released.

China Daily further reported that according to the Chinese embassy, the fishermen were employed by two trawlers owned by a Sri Lankan shipping company

Yuan Bai-sheng, a consul of the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka, stated that the Sri Lankan company bought the two vessels from China, leading to a misunderstanding that the vessels were Chinese due to the old Chinese logo on the hull of the ship.

According to the article published on the China Daily the Chinese embassy confirmed yesterday that the fishermen have been released.

The two trawlers one with a crew of 19 Chinese and one Sri Lankan and the other with 18 Chinese and one Sri Lankan were escorted to Sri Lanka's Trincomalee Harbor, the Sri Lankan navy said.

Speaking to our news team Police Media spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana stated that the two Sri Lankan fishermen were released on bail after being produced before the Trincomalee Courts

He further stated that the Navy has not yet handed over the Chinese nationals to the police.

Our news team inquired from Naval spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya regarding this.

He stated that the Chinese fishermen are scheduled to be handed over to the Chinese embassy.

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