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MARROONED DONDRA FISHERMEN GIVEN STALE FOOD BY THAI PRISON SAY VICTIMS

By Walter Jayawardhana

Five marooned fisherman from Dondra Head of Southern Sri Lanka charged that they were kept in a Bangkok prison for 20 days and given “stale food.”

One of the fishermen, P.G.Dharshana said , “ all five men during five days were fed with stale food, until the Sri Lankan Embassy in Bangkok flew them back to Sri Lanka by providing them with air tickets.”

According to what they told the Thai authorities, the Five men from the Southern coast went on a fishing trip in the boat entitled Samanala , June 26 and stranded in the deep seas when their engine broke down After listening to their story of plight the men were handed over to the Police who took five days to produce them in the court.

The fishermen said by the third week they had run out of all food and drinking water. They started quenching their thirst by sucking ice cubes from ice box where the fish was stocked.
After 29 days they saw an island and swam to it. The exhausted fishermen walked about 8 kilometers until they saw the first man and told them their plight.

The fishermen said it took time for them to be produced in a court house and then transferred to a Prison House in Bangkok who gave them stale food and kept them for 20 days.


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