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Deputy Mayor on Crete Receives €5000 Fine for Violating Fishing Ban

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A deputy mayor from the Greek island of Crete will forever remember the boat trip he took with a few friends on Holy Monday because of the heavy fine he received afterward for violating the coronavirus curfew.

It all began on Holy Monday, when a deputy mayor of the small municipality of Apokoronas near Chania on Crete, whose personal details remain unknown, decided to go on a boat trip to fish in the sea off Georgiopolis.

According to many local news websites from Crete, the official was accompanied by another boat, with three of his friends on board.

Nearby, a Hellenic Coast Guard vessel was on routine patrol in the area, when officers on board spied the two boats sailing from afar.

When the Coast Guard vessel reached the boats, the officers asked those onboard the two vessels to return back to port.

Back on land, the Coast Guard officers not only arrested the fishermen, among whom was one of the deputy mayors of Apokoronas, but they also slapped the men with a hefty fine of €5,000 each!

The heavy fine was imposed for violating the ban on fishing and vessel circulation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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