Man de­nies keep­ing black pond tur­tles with­out per­mit

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: An un­em­ployed man pleaded not guilty in the ses­sions court here yes­ter­day to two charges of keep­ing 27 black pond tur­tles with­out a spe­cial per­mit.

Nizam Mo­hideen M.M Ab­dul Kadir, 56, made the plea af­ter the charges were read out to him be­fore judge Sham­sudin Ab­dul­lah.

The ac­cused was charged with keep­ing 14 fe­male black pond tur­tles, which are fully pro­tected un­der the Sec­ond Sched­ule, Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Act 2010 (Act 716), with­out a spe­cial per­mit.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 70 of the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Act 2010 which pro­vides for a max­i­mum fine of RM300,000 or a jail term up to 10 years or both, if found guilty.

He was also charged with keep­ing 13 male black pond tur­tles with­out a spe­cial per­mit un­der Sec­tion 68 (1)(a) of the same act which pro­vides for a max­i­mum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term up to three years or both.

Nizam Mo­hideen was charged with com­mit­ting the of­fences at Room 1005, Level 10, Ho­tel Corus, here, at 9.30 pm on Sept 9.

Penin­su­lar Malaysia Depart­ment of Wildlife and Na­tional Parks deputy pros­e­cu­tion of­fi­cer Mohd Khairul Mu­bin Ab Satar did not of­fer any bail as the of­fences were non-bail­able. The court fixed Nov 14 for re-men­tion. – Ber­nama

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