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Indonesian worker found guilty of high seas murder

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The Kaohsiung District Court on Monday found an Indonesian migrant worker guilty of murdering a shipmate last year on the high seas and sentneced him to seven years, six months in prison.

The court said the Indonesian, identified as Rano, was guilty of causing the death of a Chinese shipmate surnamed Guo (郭) when they got embroiled in an altercation on the Win Far Ying No. 8, a fishing vessel registered at Kaohsiung Port

According to the ruling, the ship, captained by experienced Taiwanese skipper Hsu Fu-sheng (許富勝) and with a crew of Indonesian and Chinese nationals, was headed for the northern Pacific Ocean in August last year to fish for Pacific saury, a popular dish in East Asian nations.

The incident occurred on Aug. 17 last year when Guo had an altercation with another Indonesian worker identified as Rusmin, which left Rusmin bloodied and with minor bruises to his face, back and arms, the ruling said.

Hsu and other crew members separated the men, but Rano remained angry that his compatriot had been beaten up by Guo, the ruling said, adding that in the aftermath Rano said he had also been threatened by Guo.

Rano said he used a sharp metal rod in self-defense against Guo, stabbing the rod into his body and puncturing a lung.

Due to a lack of medical provisions on the ship, Guo’s lung became infected and he died on the high seas on Sept. 5 last year, the ruling said.

Hsu reported the incident to Kaohsiung Port’s fisheries station. The report was passed on to the Coast Guard Administration and prosecutors opened a judicial investigation into the case.

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