Posts Tagged ‘Wildlife smuggling’

Anti-Corruption Commission Raids Wildlife Department

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers raided the Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) Tuesday morning and seized a computer and files from the office of Perhilitan’s Deputy Director General Misliah Mohd. Basir

Misliah Mohd. Basir

Misliah Mohd. Basir

Read the story in The Star and in the NST.

Anson Sentenced

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Today, in Malaysia, judge Zulhelmy Hasan sentenced Anson Wong to 6 months jail time and fined him 191,000 MYR ($61,000) for smuggling wildlife without a permit. 

 

It is a significant exercise of Malaysia’s brand new wildlife law, the International Trade in Endangered Species Act, though it is only half the one-year sentence two women from Madagscar recently got under the same law.  Anson was potentially facing 1 million MYR fine and up to 7 years in jail. 

Agents seized Anson’s Nokia cell phone[s] and his Toshiba laptop computer at the airport, and though Anson’s lawyer asked for them back, the judge agreed that under the new law material related to a crime can be kept by investigators.  Anson’s cell phone and laptop offer a potential trove of info, since he communicates regularly on both with dealers around the world. 

Anson’s attorney asked for leniency since it was “his first offense in Malaysia.”  He also said Anson promised never to do it again.  For his part, Anson stood for photographs during bathroom breaks and exchanged business cards with press in the hallway.

As the prosecutor in the case said, “Malaysia has been trying to clean up its reputation as a wildlife trafficking hub, but Wong keeps ignoring that…”  He emphasized that Wong’s activities “have damaged Malaysia’s reputation.”   

Some Clips:

From The Star  From Malay Mail  From BBC  From Mongabay.com

WWF calls for his licenses to be revoked.

Anson Pleads Guilty

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Anson Wong has pled guilty.  Story in The Star.

The New Straits Times.