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Turtle-poaching in Sabah islands: Man remanded

October 2, 2017 4:19 PM
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Sabah Wildlife Department looking for 60 year old’s accomplice on islands in Semporna waters.

KOTA KINABALU: Investigations into the suspected turtle-poaching activity on Pulau Bum Bum have led to the arrest of a male suspect, aged 60, in Kg Pantau-Pantau today.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga, in a statement, said they had obtained a remand order from the Semporna magistrate’s court to detain the suspect for five days for investigation.

“The Wildlife Department is continuing the search for other identified suspects in the days to come. The search is to cover several islands in Semporna waters,” he said.

The investigation began following a viral photo of nine Green turtle carcasses on social media last week.

The department, together with other enforcement agencies, teamed up to probe the matter.

The team found more than 100 turtle skeletons near where the photo of the turtle carcasses was taken.

Initial investigations led them to suspect that the activity, which has been going on for quite some time, was carried out by sea gypsies or nomads.

Meanwhile, Tuuga said the department is continuing its investigation into the killing of a male elephant in Kinabatangan.

“The search for the ‘crime scene’ was done along the river by boat and on land by car.

“Inspection along Sungai Koyah, near where the elephant carcass was found floating, didn’t show any signs of elephant footprints.

Nevertheless, he said the department had managed to obtain information from the public on the killings and had identified several suspects.


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