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Weekly News Round-up (22-28 June 2013)

22 - 28 June 2013

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Cambodia


Elephant ivories seized by Siem Reap Customs

20 June 2013 - Cambodia Customs intercepted a passenger from Ethiopia carrying elephant ivories after received information from Thai Customs.

The suspect had travelled from Ethiopia to Thailand and made a transit to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

source: thairath.co.th





Malaysia


Six jailed for cruelty to pangolins

27 June 2013, Alor Setar - The sessions Court sentenced 6 persons to a total jail time of 72 month and RM330,000 fine for keeping pangolins and treating them cruelly.The accused were charged with committing the offences at the Patong rubber estate in Changkat Setol, Changlun, in Kedah in September last year.

The accused were found guilty of keeping 150 pangolins. The offence is punishable under Section 68(1)(a), Section 69(1) and Section 70(1) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

They were also found guilty of treating the protected animals in a cruel way by keeping them in plastic sacks inside the car boot. This offence is punishable under Section 86(1)(c) of the same Act.

source: thestar.com.my





Thailand


8 Rhino horns seized at Bangkok Airport by Royal Thai Customs

22 June 2013, Suvarnabhumi International Airport - Royal Thai Customs arrested a Guinean national at Bangkok Airport for smuaggling 8 rhino horns weight 9.6 kg worth around 10 million Baht into Thailand.

The suspect will face charge under Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535.

source: thairath.co.th





Vietnam


2 Vietnam soldiers sacked for taking bribes from loggers

24 June 2013, Khan Hoa - Two army men based in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa have been dismissed for taking bribes from illegal loggers and allowing them to enter a restricted forest to log rare wood.

Nine others from the Khanh Son District military base were disciplined also for receiving bribes.

All 11 soldiers confessed and hand in to authorities VND220 million (US$10,300) they received from the loggers last September.

source: thanhniennews.com





Cambodia

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Weekly News Round-up (15-21 June 2013)

15 - 21 June 2013

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Indonesia


Police Find 16 Tiger Traps in Sumatra Believed to Be Supplied by Outsiders

Police from the Sumatra Tiger Patrol in the Kerinci Seblat National Park have found 16 tiger traps spread by hunters across the national park area so far this month.

The 16 tiger traps were found in two separate areas by two different units. Thirteen traps were found in the Kerinci territory, while another three were found in Bengkulu.

The finding of these traps is said to be the biggest since the special patrol police program kicked off, raising suspicion of the possible involvement of outside parties who had provided the funds for hunters to make the traps.

source: thejakartaglobe.com





Malaysia


Syndicate selling fake animal parts busted

18 June 2013, Kuala Lumpur - Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) arrested three Indian nationals selling purported genuine wildlife animal parts at a business premises along Jalan Pasar in Pudu.

The officials seized 3,059 imitated items claimed as genuine parts from endangered animals. Among the fake parts were tiger’s nails and teeth made from plastic or buffalo’s horn, tiger’s skin made from lamb skin, and tiger tusks made from plastic.

The case was being investigated under section 87 of the Wildlife Conservation Act (Act 716) which carries a jail term of not more than one year and a fine of not more than RM20,000, or both, upon conviction.

source: nst.com.my , english.astroawani.com





Philippines


Philippines Destroys PhP420 Million Worth of Elephant Tusks

21 June 2013, Manila - Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB) led the destruction of over five tons of confiscated elephant ivories which had been previously confiscated by Philippine authorities in numerous operations and stored in DENR-PAWB.

The ivories from approximately 850 elephants worth an estimated P420 million (US$10 million) were crushed by a steamroller and a backhoe.

This is the first mass destruction of elephant ivory outside of Africa.

source: asean-wen.org





Singapore


Over 30 wild animals seized from HDB flat

3 June 2013 - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) seized over 30 wild animals from an individual living in an HDB flat.

The seized animals include highly endangered and threatened species like the slow loris, marmoset, Indian star tortoise and ball python.

The offender, if found guilty in violation of CITES, would face a maximum fine of $50,000 per specimen (not to exceed an aggregate of $500,000) and/or jail term of up to 2 years.

source: asiaone.com





Thailand


Protected birds and marine wildlife found at two houses on Bang Na - Trat Rd

19 June 2013, Samut Prakan province - The Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division together with the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plants Conservation raided two houses on Bang Na - Trat Road, finding 15 protected birds and hundreds of marine wildlife suspected to be endangered species and kept for sale to the local black market.

In the first raid, officials found hundreds of marine animal and 2 hornbills and in the other raid, officials found more than 30 cages of exotic birds, 7 Red Whiskered Bulbuls, 2 Phasianidae, and 6 Turnicidae.

The house owner will face charges under Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535. Further investigations will be conducted to determine whether or not the marine animals are protected species.

source: thainews.prd.go.th





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

8 - 14 June 2013

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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





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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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