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Weekly News Round-up (8-14 June 2013)

8 - 14 June 2013

Weekly News Roundup

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Malaysia


Couple arrested for trading pangolins

9 June 2013, Grik, Pelak - The Perak Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP) and local Grik District Police arrested a couple from Johor for trading pangolins. The couple has been using their car to travel 800km to purchase animals from Kuala Kangsar to Kota Baru, Kelantan where they would sell the pangolins.

16 pangolins weighing 120 kg. were found hidden in the couple's car boot and cost between RM31,200 or RM260 per kg. The animals were handed over to the National Parks and Wildlife Department for further action.

source: nst.com.my





Singapore


Indonesian jailed for smuggling in rare marine species

28 May 2013 - Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers in Singapore arrested an Indonesian national for attempting to smuggle endangered aquatic species under CITES including 31 pieces of seahorses, 22 giant clams, 78 pieces of coral on a vessel at Jurong Port. The value of the species amounted to $27,000.

The suspect pleaded guilty in a district court on 7 June 2013 and was sentenced to four months in jail for violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

source: news.asiaone.com





Thailand


Two men arrested on charges of killing elephants in Thailand

7 June 2013 - Thai authorities arrested two men on counts of slaying two elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi province. Eyewitness accounts and ballistic forensics lead police to the arrest of the men. One of the elephants was killed in March, the other in April. The two suspects face charges of illegally killing elephants inside the border of the National Park.

source: bangkokpost.com



Thai police discover 14 white lions at Bangkok home

10 June 2013, Bangkok - Thai police discovered more than 200 live wild animals including birds, peafowls, meerkats, capuchin monkeys, tortoises, and 14 white lions during a raid on a house in Bangkok. The lions were brought into the country on permits for sales to zooes, but instead sold to private buyers. A hornbill and a leopard, both protected by Thai law, were also found packed in a box.

The officers arrested 2 Thai men who were charged with illegal wildlife trading. If convicted they face up to four years in jail and a fine of 40,000 baht.

One of the suspects was found guilty of the same charge four years ago.

source: bangkokpost.com, telegraph.co.uk





Malaysia

Philippines

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ASEAN told: fight money laundering

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

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)

1 - 7 June 2013

Weekly News Roundup

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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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