By Rhishja Cota-Larson
Six pangolin traffickers were sentenced to prison in Malaysia for “unlawful possession and illegal confinement” of 150 pangolins.
The smugglers were identified as Mazlan Razaki, his brother Muhammad Rizal, Nazeri Hassan, Oon Eng Beng, Muhammad Aidi Azwan Azahari, and Syed Muhayazid Syed Mohamed. All six have reportedly been jailed for one year each, and fined a total of RM330,000 (US $103,986). They were arrested in 2012 when the pangolins were found inside the trunks of three vehicles. Of the 150 pangolins, all except 26 were females and 91 were described as “immature”.
According to the New Straits Times, Judge Mohd Rosli Osman found the six guilty of violating Malaysia’s Wildlife Conservation Act of 2010.
Judge Mohd Rosli Osman ruled that the prosecution had proved its case against the six beyond reasonable doubt.
The traffickers’ legal counsel is planning to appeal the case.