A group of fishermen, consisting of eight Emiratis and an unknown number of Asian crewmen, have appeared before a court in Iran on charges of trespassing after their fishing boats strayed into Iranian waters and they were arrested last month, it was reported.
“On Saturday we appeared before the court and we await the decision after five days,” one of the fishermen, Obaid Saeed Al Daheel, told Gulf News.
“A naval patrol belonging to Iran surrounded us and seized our boats,” he added.
The fishermen have been living on their boats in Iran since the incident happened on September 30.
Their return back to the UAE is being assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE Coast Guard.
They could face up to 60 days in jail or a fine of up to AED150,000 ($40,835).
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