Jailed and fined for smug­gling wild birds

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KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day sen­tenced four In­done­sian men to a year in prison and fined them RM1,000 each for il­le­gally be­ing in pos­ses­sion of 755 Ori­en­tal Mag­pie-Robins.

Sam­sui Ab­dul Hadi, Supri­adi Saripud­din, Agus Tahir, and Hendry Ab­dul Hadi – aged between 30 and 40 – pleaded guilty be­fore Judge Marutin Pa­gan, who or­dered for the cus­to­dial sen­tence to take ef­fect im­me­di­ately.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts of the case, army per­son­nel sta­tioned at the Tebedu Im­mi­gra­tion, Cus­toms, Quar­an­tine and Se­cu­rity (ICQS) com­plex de­tained the four men as they were try­ing to es­cape through il­le­gal points along the Malaysia-In­done­sia border around 4.40pm on Sept 15.

Upon in­spec­tion, the men were found with 56 cages con­tain­ing wild birds. They also failed to pro­duce any valid li­cence from the wild life con­troller to be in pos­ses­sion of the birds.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the 755 birds to be Ori­en­tal Mag­pieRobins ( Copsy­chus saularis), which are clas­si­fied as wild an­i­mals un­der the Wild Life Pro­tec­tion Or­di­nance 1998. This con­tra­vened Sec­tion 379(1) of the Wild Life Pro­tec­tion Or­di­nance 1998 and an of­fence un­der Sec­tion 37( 2) of the Wild Life Pro­tec­tion Or­di­nance 1998 (Chap­ter 26).

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