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The lack of an interpreter on Tuesday held up Philippine legal proceedings against nine Chinese fishermen caught with hundreds of marine turtles in a disputed South China Sea shoal. The Chinese fishermen’s pre-trial hearing has been postponed twice and events on Wednesday may also be called off unless an interpreter is found. A Chinese businessman based in the island of Palawan in the west of the Philippine archipelago, who usually volunteers his services as interpreter in court, has begged off. the prosecution team member added, “There was an apparent pressure from the Chinese embassy.”

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