Taiwanese fishing boat didn't poach in Philippine waters: prosecutors

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) The Taiwanese fishing boat Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 which suffered a fatal attack on May 19 from a Philippine government ship 164 nautical miles southeast of Cape Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost point, was found not to have violated fishing rules or poached in the sea area, Taiwan's Pingtung District Prosecutors Office said Monday. The office said that after a ballistic analysis and an investigation, 45 bullet holes were found in the fishing boat, compared with 59 holes reported previously. The Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28, was fired at by a joint patrol of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources while operating in the overlapping economic zones of the two countries. A 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman, Hung Shih-cheng, was shot dead in the incident. The prosecutors office said according to information it got, the fishing boat did not poach in the area. According to international practice, if a fishing boat was suspected of illegal fishing and trespassing a state's border, it would usually be given a warning by broadcast, then be expelled and later be warned by the firing of a warning shot. (By Kuo Chu-chen and Y.L. Kao)