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What has happened to the RD tuna murder case?

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Nothing has been heard for many months now about the case of the six Filipino RD Tuna fishermen accused of the murder of National Fisheries Observer, Charlie Lasisi, of New Ireland Province.

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The killing took place on 29 March on board the RD Tuna vessel FV/Dolores 838 inside the Bismark Seas in Vanimo, along the Indonesian/PNG border.

Police say Mr. Lasisi had been strongly objecting to the fishing of dolphins by RD Vessels which have long been accused of catching of dolphins, sharks and other prohibited fish.

It was between 6pm-7pm when Charlie Lasisi went missing after he left the ship’s mess room.

Police say when he left the room, two Filippino crew members  – Ramil Lumactod and June Alon – left with him, but returned to report he had “gone missing.” The captain searched the area and the ship but could not locate Lasisi.

On 31 March a report was sent to the Managing Director of National Fisheries  Authority (NFA) Sylvester Pokajam and the National Maritime Safety Authority who sent officers to investigate on “suspicion of murder”.

Also charged with murder in addition to Ramil and June are Bonfacio Gelvoko, Franz Olivia Oyao, Jerwin Famini and Francisco Famini.

The six were remanded at Beon jail in Madang for several days until K500 bail each with ten conditions was granted by Justice David Cannings. The men were released into the care of the senior Vice President of RD Tuna Canners Limited in Madang. Justice Cannings ordered that RD Canners pay surety of K10,000 because they were all foreigners. Cannings said the amount should ensure they six do not escape because not only would the money be forfeited but it would proven bad for the corporate reputation of RD Tuna if the six did not return.

  1. Relly Tasia - Yosi
    November 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This young boy is my very own nephew. I couldn’t help myself crying last night when I read through this. He didn’t deserve this inhuman treatment. He was a very hard working young man who wouldn’t be regarded as easily provocative. He had dreams of building his own house upon returning from Vanimo. Bought 10 sheets of 12 feet roofing irom and left them at home. What a sad ending.

    People who are allowed to work in the country (PNG) should be screened very well in terms of criminal records & on the legality of all issues. They have to abide by the laws of the country. They can’t walk all over us like this. This young man fought for what he believed in (i.e, not to kill endagered species of fish and mammals) and died in the end. PNGns have to stand up and say NO to foreigners who are likely to cause disharmony and harm within our communities and country as a whole. I hope those involved (if found gulity, will be dealt with accordingly & ordered to return to their country).

    Relly Tasia – Yosi

  2. February 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Dear Relly Tasia – Yosi,

    I am so very saddened by the loss of your nephew. This is the first time I have heard of a fisheries observer who was murdered, though, being one myself, it is something we all think about as a possibility. The laws are severely lacking in protections for fisheries observers. I would like to look into this further. Words cannot express. I’m sorry for your loss.

    Liz Mitchell

    • Relly Yosi
      June 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you, Liz.
      This case has been swept under the rugs. I didn’t follow closely but situations like this are often treated lightly in PNG. This could set a precedence for more illegal fishing etc in future.

  3. Relly Yosi
    June 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Or carpet to be more precise.

  4. Letty Lasisi kunai
    June 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I have read through the article and it is really hurting as i’m the big sister of the victim its not fair for us family cos if my brother can apply the rules of this country on the ship which has result in his death. What do he gets in return from his own country? Just like this?

    • March 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Dear Letty,
      I have not forgotten the story about your brother. I hope you and the rest of your family are OK. Is it possible for you to contact me: apo@apo-observers.org Thank you, Liz

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