The third mate of the Russian trawler Amur was detained in connection with the death of three Japanese fishermen at the end of May after a collision with their vessel. This was announced on Monday, June 7, by the Kyodo agency.
They clarified that the 38-year-old navigator was arrested by the coast guard of the port city of Monbetsu, located in the northeast of the island of Hokkaido.
The man is suspected of misconduct in the performance of official activities, NHK notes.
The arrest was confirmed at the Russian Consulate General in Sapporo. They told TASS that a lawyer would arrive in Mombetsu on Tuesday to defend the detainee. It clarifies that the Japanese prosecutor’s office has 72 hours to present formal charges.
Consul of the Russian Consulate General in Sapporo Roman Kolesnik commented on the detention of REN TV. He clarified that at the time of the collision, as a result of which people died, the arrested third mate was on watch.
The incident with the ship “Amur” occurred on May 26 near the port of Monbetsu in the Hokkaido prefecture in the Sea of Okhotsk. There, a Japanese ship weighing almost 10 tons and a Russian “Amur” weighing 662 tons collided. After the accident, the Japanese schooner, which had five people on board, capsized. As a result, three people died.
The press service of the Far Eastern Investigative Department for Transport of the Investigative Committee of Russia noted that the collision took place in conditions of poor visibility. There was heavy fog in the area.
On the fact of the incident, a procedural check was initiated on the grounds of a crime under Part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Violation of traffic safety rules and the operation of railway, air, sea and inland water transport.”
At the same time, on June 2, it became known that the Asahikawa District Court had detained the Amur vessel as bail. It was noted that the ship was detained in order to avoid its return to Russia, which, as the court believes, would complicate negotiations on the payment of compensation to the Japanese side.
At the same time, the Consul General of Russia in Sapporo Serey Marin reported that pressure was being exerted on the captain of the Amur and his third assistant. In particular, the Japanese authorities are trying to force them to admit their guilt in a collision with a fishing schooner.