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SIBU, Oct 15: Two men who pleaded guilty to having in their possession 4,468 pieces of pangolin scales were today slapped with a month’s jail and fined RM1,000 each by the Sessions Court.
In the case which was heard before Justice Marutin Pagan, the two accused, Andrew Talie and Asdie Risman, were apprehended at about 7.40am on Oct 12, during an inspection by six officers from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), when found to have the said pangolin parts in their possession.
The accused do not have permission nor valid license from the controller of wildlife of SFC to possess the pangolin parts, which is an offence under Section 29 (2) of the Wildlife Protection Act 1998.
The Act carries a penalty of one year jail and a fine of RM10,000 per individual animal and animal part in possession if convicted.” — DayakDaily.