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Icelandic captain arrested in Namibia

21.11.2019 - 11:17
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[UPDATED] An Icelandic fishing captain, Arngrímur Brynjólfsson, in charge of a factory trawler owned by a Namibian subsidiary of Samherji, is currently under investigation in Namibia, suspected of illegal fishing in an off-limits spawning ground.

Arngrímur appeared in court yesterday and NBC (the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that the judge ruled he would remain in custody until a 100,000 Namibian dollar (832,000 króna) bail is paid. That bail has since been paid and he has been released, though he has had to hand over his passport to ensure he does not leave the country while his case remains active in the legal system. His case has been adjourned until the 30th January, NBC reports. 

RÚV attempted to contact Björgólfur Jóhannsson, chairman of Samherji, this morning without success, but a statement this afternoon says the captain has been released and is working with Samherji's lawyer to be brought home to Iceland. The captain denies fishing in restricted waters.

A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says no request for consular assistance has been received over the case so far.

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