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

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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Weekly News Round-up (20-24 May 2013)

20 - 24 May 2013

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Indonesia


Indonesia arrests suspected rare animal smugglers

Reported on 18 May 2013, Jakarta - Four Chinese nationals were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle hornbill’s beaks and pangolin scales for use in traditional medicines.

Forestry Ministry official Novianto Bambang said the suspects were detained Friday with 248 hornbill’s beaks and 189 pangolin’s skins in their luggage at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport. Both animals are listed as endangered.

source: nst.com.my




Vietnam


Vietnamese man caught smuggling 5kg of rhino horn

On 20 May 2013, Ho Chi Minh City - Customs officers at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport seized more than 5kgs of rhino horn smuggled in by a 31-year-old man who was caught with six pieces of horns, wrapped in a wool scarf, in his suitcase after arriving on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Europe.

The suspect and the horns were handed over to the police for investigation.

source: thanhniennews.com





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Weekly News Round-up (13-17 May 2013)

13 - 17 May 2013

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Thailand


Royal Thai Customs seized 100 pangolins in Songkhla

On 17 May 2013, Songkhla province - Local Customs officials intercepted a wildlife smuggling gang and seized 89 pangolings worth atleast ฿1.5M.

The pangolins are believed to be smuggled from Indonesia to Thailand where they would be sent to China.

source: mcot.net [TH], thaipbs.or.th [VDO]



Chumphon Police seized more than 100 pangolins

On 18 May 2013, Chumphon province - Local Police arrested 5 men smuggling 110 pangolins weight 500kg and worth around ฿2M.

The suspects claimed they were hired by a Lao man to smuggle the animals to Nong Khai province where they would be sent to China through Lao.

source: krobkruakao.com





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Weekly News Round-up (6-10 May 2013)

6 - 10 May 2013

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Indonesia


2,000 Smuggled Turtle Eggs Seized in East Kalimantan

On 4 May 2013, Balikpapan - BKSDA Port securities seized 2,000 nearly-extinct turtle eggs in Southeast Sulawesi, as they were sent from Bau Bau to Samarinda. The officers detained the one who picked up the delivery for further investigation.

According to Law No. 5/1990 on the conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem, the detainer may face 5-year prison sentence and a fine up to Rp 100 million.

source: thejakartaglobe.com





Thailand


White-Rumped Shamas Seized in Pattani

Songkhla officers seized total 30 white-rumped shamas hidden in a paper box on a coach.

The birds were assumed to come from Kaengkrachan National Park in Phetchaburi and they were destined for Pattani. The birds will be released back to the wild in Pa Tone Wildlife Restrict Area later.

source: manager.co.th





Viet Nam


7kg of rhino horn seized in southern hub

"It was reported on 6 May 2013 that Ho Chi Minh City customs officials have seized two rhino horns, weighing 7.28 kilograms, wrapped in silver paper and hidden in the luggage of a 34-year-old suspect, who arrived in HCMC on a flight from Doha late Saturday.

The suspect has been detained pending further investigations."

source: thanhniennews.com



Hanoi police seize 2.1 kg of suspected rhino horns

On 6 May 2013 - Police in Hanoi temporarily seized 2.15 kg of animal horns from three passengers from Doha after suspecting the horns were from rhinos, an endangered wide life species.

source: tuoitrenews.vn





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