22- Bangladeshi fishermen languishing in Burmese jail

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Twenty-two Bangladeshi fishermen have been languishing in Akyab (Sittwe) jail, Burma after finishing their jail term, according to a relative of one of the prisoners named Hussain.  “They were arrested from the Bay of Bengal by Burma’s security force (Nasaka) on July 19, 2012 while they were fishing in Bangladesh territorial waters. After arrest, a case has been filed against them and sentenced to four months imprisonment by the capital court of Arakan State. ”

A relative of the prisoners said that their jail terms had already been completed eight months ago, but they are not being handed over to the concerned authority of Bangladesh.

However, they have been kept in the jail by the Burmese authority. So, as the release prisoners (RP) have been facing many problems in the jail because of lack of proper medical treatment and inadequate food etc., sources said.

Mostly release prisoners (RP) belong to Teknaf police station under the Cox’s Bazar district, said Korim Ullah, a relative of one of the prisoner.

A local fisherman named Salim from Teknaf said, most of the Bangladeshi prisoners are fishermen and have been languishing in different jails of Burma who were arrested by the Nasaka personnel from the Naff River and the Bay of Bengal when they went to Burma’s territorial waters.

As a result, the relatives of the victims requested to the Bangladesh concerned authority to activate the matter to release the prisoners, said  a local man from Teknaf who denied to be named.

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