Saturday, July 01, 2006

Retrial for 'tiger in fridge' case

Retrial for 'tiger in fridge' case

30 Jun 2006


KOTA BARU: The labourer who had butchered and stored parts of a Sumatran tiger in a refrigerator is to be re-tried.


Ang Chun Tan, 23, was fined RM7,000 for the offence by the Tumpat magistrate’s court, after he pleaded guilty.


But Ang claimed that he did not understand the charge read out to him.


Judge Datuk Mohd Ideres Muhammad Rapee told the Tumpat magistrate’s court, which had fined Ang on Oct 19, to hold a retrial on a date to be fixed by the court.


During last year’s trial, Ang pleaded guilty to possessing the carcass of a Panthera tigris, which was chopped up and stored in a fridge at a house in Kampung Mentua, Pengkalan Kubor in Tumpat, about 4pm on Oct 13.


Ang said he did not know who the carcass belonged to, and claimed to had just returned from a wedding reception when his house was raided by Wildlife and Natural Parks Department officers.


Ang pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 64A of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 for possessing a totally protected species.


He was fined RM7,000 or four months’ jail.


The maximum penalty for the offence was RM15,000 fine, and a jail term not exceeding five years.


Yesterday, it was learnt that the deputy public prosecutor’s office intended to appeal against the fine and ask for a deterrent sentence.


Commenting on the sentencing, Department of Wildlife and National Parks conservation biologist Dr Kae Kawanishi said: "If one is only fined RM7,000 and not even jailed for killing a tiger, there is no hope for the future of our tigers."


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