Two North Korean citizens have been found guilty of attacking Russian government representatives, with both being sentenced to two years and 6 months in a penal colony, Russia’s Department of Investigations announced on Thursday.
The incident in question occurred on October 15, 2016, when a North Korean fishing vessel – the “Dae Young 10″ – was caught illegally fishing in Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the crew resisted arrest.
“The evidence collected by the Investigation Department of the Far Eastern Transport Investigative Committee (FETI) of Russia was considered sufficient for conviction of two citizens of the DPRK,” an FETI statement read.
The two were convicted of a crime related to Part 1, Section 318 of the Criminal Code, which pertains to violence against a government representative, it added.
“The court reached a verdict for criminal cases against two DPRK citizens who have been sentenced to two years and six months of imprisonment in a correctional colony of general regime.”
According to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) at the time, the crew of the Dae Young 10 behaved aggressively towards the Russian Coast Guard upon the discovery that it had illegally fished in Russian waters.
Members of the FSB arrived on the scene to reinforce the Coast Guard, however the crew resisted instructions and attempted to flee back to North Korean waters with Russians still onboard, according to the FSB.
Following the firing of warning shots and subsequent fire directed at the ship in order to halt the vessel, the crew attacked the Russians on board – with one suffering a head wound.
In order to prevent the North Koreans “obtaining weapons” and continuing to attack the Russians on board, the FSB opened fire and wounded nine of the North Korean crew, with one North Korean succumbing to his wounds and dying later.
Despite the announcement of the guilty verdict regarding two of the crew members, the press release added that the sentences have yet to be enforced.
The FETI press release said that 15 of the crew used violence against Russian security service staff, but did not elaborate on the fate of the 13 remaining crew members accused of violent conduct.
Russian authorities were unavailable for further comment at the time of publication.
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