Like in the trial for the canadian illegal retention of the Estai a few mounts ago, we have in this case too a hard withdrawal for the Australian autorities as the Viarsa has been acquitted of her illegal fishing accusations...
The longliner was persecuted by a patrol during 21 days by the southern waters of the Atlantic The five retained fishermen, whose three were Galician, will return to their houses two years after the capture!:)
21 days of persecution by the crudest South Atlantic, several millions Australian dollars invested - as the own minister of fishing, Ian McDonald, recognized - and a mediatic campaign without precedents. All the persistence and agresiveness that Australia put two years ago and three months in appearing before the world as the leader of the fight against the pirate fishing were ruined yesterday after a court of Perth acquited the crew of the Galician fishing vessel Viarsa, which Canberra blamed of black hake illegal fishing in waters under Australian jurisdiction and disobedience to the authority in the exercise of its functions. Ever since the longliner was catched, the 27 of August of 2003, 5 of the 39 sailors enlisted in the boat remained on bail in freedom without being able to leave Australia! They were the Galicians Antonio Garcia Perez, captain of fishing, Francisco Fernandez Olveira and Jose González Perez, both officials of the ship, as well as the Uruguayan Ricardo Ribot, captain of the Viarsa, and the Chilean Robert Kings, flat sailor, who did not doubt yesterday in spreading to four winds the end of a calvario that has had them retained in Australian ground for more than two long years. The Company propietary of ship, Vidal Shipbuilding, already advanced that, of hand of Navalmar - the Uruguayan company that operated the ship -, will undertake a civil process to demand "millionaire" indemnifications, although first it will be "to bring back its people", explained Antonio Vidal.