Four years’ jail, RM150,000 fine over tur­tle parts

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME - By Alen Kee

TAWAU: Two Filipino men were sen­tenced to four years’ jail and fined RM150,000 each, in de­fault one years’ jail by the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day for pos­ses­sion of 97 kilo­grams of green tur­tle (ch­elo­nia my­das) shells and car­casses.

Ses­sions Court Judge In­dra Hj Ayub meted out the sen­tence on Adam bin Ilma, 30, and Gu­dak bin Sin­duk, 20, to a charge un­der Sec­tion 41(1) of the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion En­act­ment 1997 which pro­vides a fine of not less than RM50,000 and not more than RM250,000 and im­pris­on­ment of not less than one year and not more than five years.

Both ac­cused pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of the tur­tle shells and car­casses on Oc­to­ber 7, 2017 at about 11 am at Lig­i­tan Is­land, Sem­porna.

Pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cer from the Wildlife De­part­ment, Ab­dul Karim Hj Dakog in mit­i­ga­tion pressed for a de­ter­rent sen­tence as a les­son to the ac­cused and oth­ers.

He said the rate of ex­tinc­tion of green tur­tles would be­come higher and faster if the ac­tiv­ity is not curbed and the of­fense com­mit­ted by both the ac­cused in­volved the en­vi­ron­ment and a fully pro­tected species.

Judge In­dra also took into con­sid­er­a­tion pub­lic in­ter­est, the guilty plea of both ac­cused, the de­creas­ing tur­tle pop­u­la­tion and the ef­fect on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fense on the en­vi­ron­ment and the pro­tected species be­fore hand­ing down the sen­tence. Both ac­cused were also or­dered to be re­ferred to the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment af­ter serv­ing their sen­tences.

Adam (sec­ond right) and Gu­nak (sec­ond left) be­ing led out byWildlife De­part­ment per­son­nel af­ter be­ing sen­tenced yes­ter­day.

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