Filipino fa­ther, son jailed, fined for pos­sess­ing pro­tected tur­tles’ parts

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TAWAU: A Filipino fa­ther and son were sen­tenced to three years’ jail and fined RM100,000 each, in de­fault one year’s jail by the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day for pos­sess­ing ch­est shells and mar­ginal scales of pro­tected tur­tles.

Ses­sions Court judge Awang Keris­nada Awang Mah­mud passed the sen­tence on Tam­bisan bin Pa­gal, 52, and Tam­bu­lang bin Tam­bisan, 38, af­ter they pleaded guilty to a charge un­der Sec­tion 41(1) of the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion En­act­ment 1997, which car­ries a fine of not less than RM50,000 and not more than RM250,000 and an im­pris­on­ment of not less than one year and not more than five years.

The ac­cused were found in pos­ses­sion of 17.5kg ch­est shells of plas­tron tur­tles and 4.5kg of mar­ginal scales of green tur­tles, which are pro­tected species.

The fa­ther and son, from Si­tangkai Is­land, Philip­pines, com­mit­ted the of­fence on Oc­to­ber 14, 2018 at about 4.30am in the waters off Kg. Labuan Haji, Bum-Bum 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.

Judge Awang said if poach­ing ac­tiv­ity was not curbed, wildlife would be ex­tinct and it was cruel to cause the tur­tles to suf­fer.

Tam­bisan (sec­ond left) andTam­bu­lang (sec­ond right) be­ing led away byWildlife Depart­ment per­son­nel af­ter they were jailed three years and fined RM100,000 each yes­ter­day.

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