January 21, 2014

Thejakartaglobe : Aceh Police on Friday confiscated eight specimens of protected wildlife that had been preserved by two men to be sold to a collectors, a local police official said.

Speaking at a press conference in Banda Aceh on Monday, the director of the special crimes unit of the Aceh Police, Sr. Comr. Joko Irwanto announced the arrests of the two individuals, identified as M., 33, and M.M., 38, who were residents from the Central Aceh district.

Joko said the animals seized include two Sumatran tigers, a honey bear, a leopard, a hornbill, a clouded leopard, a muntjac deer, antelopes, two golden cats as well as eight bear teeth.

“From the earlier questioning, the two suspects said they were merely temporary holders of the animals,” Joko said.

He added that the individuals have already been named suspects in the case and were arrested for violating the conservation laws.

“The two are being charged with the 1990 Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Law No. 5, with a maximum punishment of five years in prison and Rp 100 million ($8,000) in fines.”

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