The Denpasar Police have apprehended two men in connection with the smuggling of endangered green turtles.
One of the men detained by police Holik (44) told police on July 27, 2013, that he was hunting for green turtles to use in the traditional evening meal enjoyed by Muslims during the fasting month.
The spokesman for the Denpasar Police Precinct, police commissioner Ida Bagus Sarjana, told Seputarbali.com that another man, Ridwan (27), was also arrested with Holik. Unfortunately, a third man, Bogel (27), managed to escape at the time made their arrest.
Said Sarjana, “All three suspects come from Kampung Bugis on Serangan Island in Denpasar.”
The arrests were made based on reports received from the public concerning the theft of turtles being rehabilitated at Serangan Island.
The arrests were made on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 10:00 pm. Police discovered the three men landing a “jukung” traditional boat. When police approached the boat, Bogel took flight while police captured Holik and Ridwan.
Police found 2 endangered green turtles in the boat. One of the reptiles had been slaughtered while the second was still alive. 77 turtle eggs were also confiscated by police.
The men can be charged for violations of conservation laws carrying a maximum penalty of 9 years in prison.
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