Indonesia: W. Kalimantan man imprisoned for selling protected animal parts

Severianus Endi The Jakarta Post 17 Sep 16;

The Singkawang District Court has sentenced a souvenir seller in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, to nine months and 10 days in jail and ordered him to pay a Rp 50 million (US$3,795) fine for owning and selling body parts of protected animals.

The seller, whose name was not revealed, was arrested on April 21 in a joint operation between the West Kalimantan Police special crimes directorate and West Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) after it was discovered that the seller was selling animals body parts, BKSDA chief Sustyo Iriyono said on Saturday.

"Souvenir stores selling parts of rare animals are always accepted by the public because there is a certain prestige in owning preserved animals. We hope the verdict will provide a deterrent effect.”

The court found the seller guilty of owning and selling three orangutan skulls, two sun bear skulls and sun bear fangs and nails, nine antlers, two beaks of helmeted hornbills, a number of preserved pangolins, porcupine thorns and preserved turtles. The seller admitted that he received his products from many parts of Kalimantan.

West Kalimantan World Wildlife Fund (WWF) manager Albertus Tjiu welcomed the sentence as previously perpetrators for similar cases had only received two to five-month prison sentences. (rin)

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