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Maya V crew found guilty.

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Maya V crew found guilty

DAFF04/227M 17 November 2004

I am pleased to note today's ruling in the Perth Court of Petty Sessions where three Uruguayan fishermen have been found guilty of using a foreign boat to fish in the Australian Fishing Zone.

The significance of today's ruling is that the conviction actually follows the hearing of evidence and a determination by the Magistrate that, on the evidence, the charges were proven beyond all reasonable doubt.

The prosecution of offences in the Southern Ocean, to a successful conclusion in the Courts in Perth, demonstrates in the clearest possible way the Australian Government's determination to use every resource at its command to stamp out illegal fishing in Australian waters.

All other officers and crew of the Maya V have previously pleaded guilty, but today's ruling is a legal determination of the guilt of the offenders.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Crisafulli 0400 144 483

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