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Russian Man Who Tried to Smuggle Baby Orangutan is Set to Receive Judicial Slap on the Wrist

RadarBali reports that a Russian tourist, Andrei Zhestlov (28), is undergoing trial in the Denpasar District Court after being caught trying to smuggle a baby orangutan in his luggage on a flight bound for South Korea and onward to Russia on March 22, 2019.

Faced with a possible sentence of 5 years in jail, Prosecutors apparently viewed the drugging and smuggling of the highly endangered infant primate as a minor matter warranting their sentence demand of only six months with a fine of Rp. 5 million. If the sentenced is confirmed by the panel of judges, the Russian will be almost immediately released after being credited with time served.

The Russian told the judges that he wished to apologize to the Indonesian people, claiming he thought the orangutan was “only” an ordinary monkey.

The Court will render their sentence in the last week of June 2019.

Zhestlov’s smuggling attempt was uncovered by aviation security who noted an anomaly while x-raying his luggage at 10:30 pm on Friday, March 22, 2019 as he prepared to board his flight.

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