Foiled at­tempts

The Straits Times - - TOP OF THE NEWS -

DEC 11, 2018

An Im­mi­gra­tion and Check­points Au­thor­ity (ICA) of­fi­cer foiled an at­tempt by a 25-year-old Sin­ga­porean man to smug­gle 12 pup­pies through Tuas Check­point. Three pup­pies even­tu­ally died.

APRIL 2018

A man named Su­drak Naum, who drove a Malaysia-reg­is­tered tour bus that car­ried 121 live birds, was sen­tenced to eight months’ jail, in­clud­ing three months for abet­ting an­i­mal cru­elty.

ICA of­fi­cers found the birds in 10 boxes con­cealed in a com­part­ment of the tour bus at Wood­lands Check­point on Feb 26 last year, with eight birds found dead.

JUNE 2017

A Malaysian man, Ravichan­dran Muthusamy, was sen­tenced to 30 weeks’ jail for smug­gling 11 pup­pies into Sin­ga­pore in March 2017. ICA of­fi­cers found the dogs hid­den in a mod­i­fied fuel tank in the car he drove at Wood­lands Check­point, with no food or wa­ter and lim­ited space for them to move.

The court heard that he was com­mis­sioned to smug­gle the pup­pies for some­one in Sin­ga­pore, and was in­structed to drive into the coun­try with them.

NOVEM­BER 2014

Sin­ga­porean Her­man Rah­mat was jailed for three months for smug­gling in 12 birds from Viet­nam. He hid them in PVC tubes in one of his lug­gage bags, and they were dis­cov­ered at Changi Air­port. The birds were found alive, but eight died within three days.

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