Press release

Four Seychellois detained in Mozambique

February 18, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to four Seychellois who are currently being detained at the ‘Cadeia de Mieze’ Prison in Pemba, which is in the northern part of Mozambique.

The family members of the four Seychellois approached the Department of Foreign Affairs in November 2018, to request the assistance of the Department for the four Seychellois citizens who were being detained. The Department immediately contacted Mr. Umar Sorathia, the Seychelles Honorary Consul in Mozambique to request consular support towards the four Seychellois men.

The Honorary Consul informed the Department that the four men were being detained on the charges of illegally fishing in Mozambican waters and also for not carrying the appropriate documentation to enter Mozambican territory.

The authorities in Mozambique are also carrying out an investigation to confirm whether the vessel was indeed fishing in its waters and not carrying out other illegal activities. The outcome of the investigation will determine if there will be additional charges imposed on the four men.

The Department has advised the family members to solicit the assistance of a lawyer to represent the four Seychellois. The Honorary Consul is also ready to assist the families to identify a lawyer.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is working within the confines permitted by both the law of Seychelles and by the law of other countries and fully respects the prerogative of the authorities of the Republic of Mozambique to carry out its due process.

The Department of Foreign Affairs would once again wish to remind the Seychellois people the importance of respecting the laws of other countries and that by not doing so they may end up placing themselves under the criminal jurisdiction of the country in question.