Malaysian smuggles 997 turtle eggs
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A MALAYSIAN national was brought before the Magistrates’ Court yesterday and charged with attempting to smuggle nearly a thousand turtle eggs into the country.
Shahril Amatslan, 34, was charged with carrying 997 turtle eggs stored in two boxes inside his Malaysian-registered Proton Wira sedan while passing through the Labu control post in Temburong three days ago.
He was arrested after customs officers found the contraband during a routine inspection.
During yesterday’s proceedings before presiding Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati Hj Abd Hamid, the prosecution said that more time was needed before the case can proceed as they were awaiting a report by the Wildlife Department.
The defendant was then released on bail until the next mention of the case.
Under Section 140(1)(d) of the Customs Order 2006, he could be fined up to $40,000 or five times the value of the turtle eggs should he be convicted. The Wildlife Protection Act (Revised 1984) protects three turtle species found in Brunei’s waters.
The Brunei Times