Man denies keeping black pond turtles without permit
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