Japanese “poaching” ship captain to remain in Russia until trial

The captain of a Japanese fishing vessel detained on suspicion of poaching by Russian border guards in a fatal incident will remain in Russia until trial, an aide to local prosecutors said Monday.

A row broke out August 16 between Moscow and Tokyo after the border guards shot dead a Japanese crewmember on the vessel near the Kuril Islands. Russian officials said the vessel was suspected of illegally fishing for valuable crab in Russian territorial waters and that border guards had fired warning shots only after it refused to stop.