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ASEAN told: fight money laundering

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DA NANG (VNS) - Viet Nam's Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong has warned against the emerging threats of money laundering and cyber crime and called for ASEAN nations to work together to stop these criminals operating in the region.

Vuong made the call at the opening ceremony of the 13th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime, which was held in the central city of Da Nang yesterday.

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Philippines Destroys PhP420 Million Worth of Elephant Tusks

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MANILA, Philippines, 21 June 2013 - The Philippine Government crushed over five tons of confiscated ivory tusks from approximately 850 elephants worth an estimated P420 million (US$10 million) to show its support against illegal ivory trade. This is the first known mass destruction of elephant ivory outside of Africa, where the vast majority of the trafficked tusks originate.

The ivory stockpiles had been previously confiscated by Philippine authorities in numerous operations and were stored in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB), the agency that led the destruction, in Quezon City.

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Philippines Destroys PhP420 Million Worth of Elephant Tusks

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MANILA, Philippines, 21 June 2013 - The Philippine Government crushed over five tons of confiscated ivory tusks from approximately 850 elephants worth an estimated P420 million (US$10 million) to show its support against illegal ivory trade. This is the first known mass destruction of elephant ivory outside of Africa, where the vast majority of the trafficked tusks originate.

The ivory stockpiles had been previously confiscated by Philippine authorities in numerous operations and were stored in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB), the agency that led the destruction, in Quezon City.

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Weekly News Round-up (1-7 June 2013)

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Malaysia


Sabah marine police seize 6,500 turtle eggs

31 May - 1 June 2013, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - Sandakan Marine police seized about 6,500 turtle eggs in 2 separate raids in the east coast Sandakan district.

The officers found 3,000 eggs during a raid on a pump boat at about 4am on Friday and the second raid was made the next day when 3,500 eggs were found in plastic bags in the bushes.

No arrests were made; all the eggs have been taken to the marine base.

source: thestar.com.my





Indonesia


Turtle egg dealer arrested in Samarinda

In early May of 2013, an effort to smuggle 1,880 eggs from Bau-Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, to East Borneo via Semayang harbor Balikpapan, was foiled. There was also a previous report that a trading operation of sea turtle eggs taking place in Samarinda, East Kalimantan was intercepted and the dealer arrested with 500 eggs confiscated.

source: profauna.net





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