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Foreigner fined RM60,000 for possessing turtle shell pieces

26th January, 2018

TAWAU: A foreigner was jailed three years and fined RM60,000 for possessing four pieces of turtle shell sides.

Karan Dati, 35, will serve another a year’s jail if he failed to pay the fine for the offence committed in the waters off Pulau Karindingan, Semporna at about 1.30pm on Jan 14 recently.

Sessions Court Judge Awang Krisnada Awang Mahmud heard that the shells were that of the Green Turtle, a protected species.

Karan was nabbed by maritime enforcement personnel in a boat with the items.

Prosecuting officer Abdul Karim Dakong from the Sabah Wildlife Department said that the accused had paraphernalia onboard to catch turtles.

He did not have any valid documents, the court heard.

Karan was convicted under Section 41 (1) of the Wildlife Protection Enactment 1997 which carries a fine of up to RM250,000, or a jail term of up to five years. – By Nazrini Badarun

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